Majors and Hershey, a young married couple, go to live with his uncle, Cobb, a leading lawyer, in the South. Majors has come to join his uncle's law practice. Arriving on the same train is Kotto, returning to the same town to avenge a brutal beating once inflicted on him by Johnson. Browne
is a black funeral director, a wealthy man who wants to divorce his wife (Falana in her American film debut) for having an affair with Zerbe, a white policeman. Though Cobb does not want the case, Majors persuades his uncle to handle the suit. Fearful of the scandal such a legal battle would
cause, Zerbe implores Falana not to contest the divorce. But she needs money to raise Zer...