O'Brien is a crusading lawyer appointed to head a commission investigating organized crime. He enlists the help of his friend, investigative reporter Holden, and together they uncover proof that Begley is the head of the local crime syndicate. Holden also discovers that Tully, O'Brien's
policeman father, is on the take from Begley. To get the commission off his back, Begley orders Tully killed, but this only serves to strengthen O'Brien's resolve. He and Holden also compete for the affections of Smith, long O'Brien's girl, but rapidly succumbing to Holden's easy charm. The
commission subpoenas records from Begley that are kept in a tenement building he owns, and ra...