Crawford arrives at her squalid homestead on the lam from gangsters, and a long flashback then relates why she turned to a life of crime. A frustrated housewife living with her parents and married to laborer Egan, she leaves the factory town after her child is killed in an accident,
becoming a cigar-store girl and meeting brilliant but boring Smith, an accounting wizard to whom she latches on and whom she pushes into an association with crime czar Brian, promising Smith marriage. But she becomes Brian's mistress, even though the underworld boss has an invalid wife. To smooth
out Crawford's rough edges, Brian hires a down-and-out socialite, Royle, who brings culture...