A biting look at the involvement of a veteran police officer, played by Taylor, with an underworld gang led by Raft. With payoffs from Raft, Taylor is able to live luxuriously. Taylor's kid brother, Forrest, is a rookie on the force who is determined to infuse his position with integrity.
When he witnesses a mob hit he refuses to appease Raft by covering it up. Raft calls upon Taylor to persuade Forrest to stay quiet by offering him a $15,000 bribe. Forrest still upholds his morals. Taylor tries to reach Forrest through his girl friend, Leigh, but that also proves unsuccessful.
Impatient with Forrest's obstinacy, Raft hires an out-of-town hit man, Edwards, to silen...