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Upon his release from a German jail, Major Pickering goes to Egypt to rob the Cairo museum of ancient gems. Involved in the scheme are Nicodemus, a nightclub owner; Willy, an explosives expert; Ali, a drug addict in love with a dancer, Amina; and Kuchuk, a fence. During the robbery an alarm is accidentally triggered, and the police arrive. Although the gang escapes with the gems, the police track down Nicodemus and force him to provide information about the crime. Kuchuk kills himself rather than go to jail, Willy dies of wounds received during the escape, and Ali, also seriously wounded, expires in the arms of Amina. The major almost escapes with the gems but lingers to admire a belly dancer and is captured.