Nationalist sympathizers are arrested at the Insular Police Headquarters, and placed aboard a bus, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are transported and seen stepping from a commercial bus with "Mazaguez Linea el Dia" written on its front. The Capitol Building of Puerto Rico can be seen in the distant background. A circular drive in front of a building is filled, bumper-to-bumper, with taxj cabs, labeled "City Taxi."
A DC-3 aircraft taxis in to the parking ramp at San Juan airport, Puerto Rico. It carries identification sign in window, reading: "U.S.Department of Commerce." U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Charles W. Sawyer, descends steps from the airplane and is greeted by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Munoz Marin and members of his Government. Car carrying the visiting party enters the portal of La Fortaleza, the Governor's official residence. A guard salutes. Inside the Governor discusses Puerto Rican affairs with Secretary Sawyer, referring to a map of the Island.
Officials dressed in white business suits, march, flanked by American flags,in a parade for the National Youth Administration, past the Captiol Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are followed by youth in black overalls, shouldering spades. Behind them march girls, carrying a banner reading: "NYA, Caguas Proyecto." A truck comes next, displaying a large poster in its rear reading: "NYA for Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Leads the way," amd listing various NYA youth projects in Puerto Rico. Youth carrying N.Y.A. banners and American flags come next, followed by more young men carrying spades. Youthful firemen stand beside reels of hoses and a sign reading: "Bomberos de Guayama." An official pins a badge on the lapel of a man being honored. Next, a fireman, and two youth demonstrate by spraying water from their hose along the street. Remainder of the film is a montage of views. Scene shifts to the harbor, where two U.S. Clemson class destroyers are seen. Then boys are seen playing on a beach. A closeup of a young woman. Closeups of several of the youthful firemen previously seen. Several youth with spades, seen from the rear. An American flag wafting in a breeze.
Vintage slate states that the scenes are from San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, it opens with pre-hurricane views not of San Juan, but of Havana, Cuba, as seen from its harbor. Buildings of Havana Cuba seen, including El Capitolio, the National Capitol Building in Havana. Seen shifts to a covered market area filled with people (possibly still Havana, or possibly now in Puerto Rico. Aerial view of homes and buildings in the city of San Juan in 1932. Scene changes to view of hurricane winds blowing palm trees at 120 mile speed during San Ciprian hurricane. Palm trees on shore blown by wind. Sea water floods city. View after storm of wreckage of houses. People combing through the ruins. Cloth spread on ruins. Women and children walk among ruins. View again of storm in progress with water flooding the area and hurricane force winds.
Workers construct houses and roads in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They build roads while vehicles drive on them. Number of cars parked in parking area. Dam under construction. Aerial view of houses under construction in a row. Street signs read: Calle General Patton; Avenue Las Americas; and Calle Taft. View of the Puerto Rican Capitol building.
Map highlights New York in United States and San Juan in Puerto Rico. Connection established between the two places. Baltimore and Miami also connected with San Juan. Map of Island of Puerto Rico. Boats at San Juan harbor. Buildings in background. A Pan American Airways Fokker F-10A trimotor passenger plane lands on airfield. Tourists deplane. A Sikorsky S-40 flying boat being tied up to a dock. Automobiles parked in streets of port city. Buildings in city. Traffic moves on street. Man looks down from balcony of building. Traffic in narrow streets. Cloudy sky as seen from seacoast.