Cliff (Raft) and Chuck (Bogart) just got out of the pen. Cliff is determined to go straight but Chuck goes right back to his criminal ways. Cliff's kid brother Tim (Holden) needs dough to marry sweetheart Peggy (Bryan) and Cliff (who has job problems as an ex-con) winds up pulling some heists with Chuck. Chuck then hides out at Tim's, who is arrested for harboring a fugitive, and Cliff makes a deal with the cops. It doesn't end well.