San Francisco bookmaker Raft decides to abandon his lucrative life of crime and go straight. His plan includes a marriage proposal to Maxwell, the widow of a WW II hero. Raft's blissful retirement is interrupted, however, when he learns that his pal, Morgan, a fellow bookie, has been
murdered by East Coast mobsters trying to start a protection racket. Vowing revenge, Raft decides to smash the gang by himself. Enter Bendix, Raft's boyhood friend who is now a police detective. Bendix tries to convince Raft that joining forces with him would hasten justice. Distrustful of Bendix
and still operating on the underworld ethic (i.e., he's no stool pigeon), Raft refuses to ...