Life becomes a nightmare for airline mechanic Jimmie Rainwood (Tom Selleck) after two narcotics cops (David Rasche and Richard Young) mistakenly burst into his house and shoot him, then, to clean up their mess, frame Jimmie on charges of dealing drugs and assaulting a cop. Sent to
California's dungeonlike Oroville Prison, Jimmie proves woefully ill-equipped for the dog-eat-dog rigors of life in the yard until a crafty old con (Murray Abraham) shows him the ropes, but eventually Jimmie draws on the survival skills he learned in prison to get revenge on the corrupt cops who
sent him there. The plot is almost as old as Hollywood itself, yet the film's ironic, cynical ...