To Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Overton, the captain of the rugby team at Cambridge College, is asking for help. Tomorrow the decisive match, and the leading player Godfrey Stonton disappeared. Yesterday the team arrived in London and stayed at the hotel. Godfrey was a little pale and complained of a headache. Soon a bearded stranger came to the hotel and handed Godfrey a note. The young man immediately jumped up and ran away. At night he was not in the hotel, where he left – it is unknown. Godfrey is an athlete to the marrow of bones, and not in his rules to fail the team. If he did, then something terrible has happened. In Cambridge, he did not appear, Godfrey’s only relative, his uncle, Lord Moult, one of England’s richest men, might know something about the missing athlete.
The great detective goes to the hotel. The receptionist reports that Godfrey received a telegram to which he replied: “Help us, for the sake of all that is holy.” Holmes scans the rugby-player’s papers and notices the doctor’s invoice, but Mr. Overton assures that Godfrey did not have health problems. At this time, Uncle Godfrey appears, Lord Moult. He has no idea where his nephew is, and warns that even a penny will not give him.
Since Godfrey did not explicitly address his uncle, Holmes goes to the post office and finds out the address to which the telegram was sent. With his faithful friend Dr. Watson, the great detective goes to Cambridge to the famous Dr. Leslie Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong admits that he is familiar with Godfrey, but flatly refuses to talk to the great detective. Holmes observes the doctor and sees that he, not being a practicing physician, leaves somewhere every day.
A great detective follows his crew on a bicycle, but the doctor confuses the tracks. Then Holmes pours anise oil wheel bike and with the help of a hunting dog finds the house that the doctor visits. In the house he sees a dead girl, and next to her Godfrey. The incoming doctor tells that this girl is Godfrey’s wife. He had to hide his marriage, otherwise his uncle would have deprived him of his inheritance. But the girl fell ill with fleeting consumption, and Godfrey turned to the doctor. Unfortunately, it was impossible to save her. Upon learning of her death, Godfrey dropped out and came to Cambridge.