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Arizona Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan is sent to New York City to extradite escaped killer James Ringerman. Accustomed to getting his man in the old-West tradition, Coogan is frustrated by legal snarls when Manhattan Detective Lieutenant McElroy tells him Ringerman is at Bellevue Hospital recuperating from an overdose of LSD and cannot be moved until the doctors release him. After whiling away some time with probation officer Julie Roth, Coogan bluffs his way into Bellevue and tricks the attendants into handing Ringerman over to him. On the way to the airport to catch a plane for Arizona, however, he is outwitted by Ringerman's freaked-out girl friend Linny and beaten unconscious by a thug, and Ringerman escapes. Now Coogan tries another tack; he visits Julie in her apartment, gets Linny's address from Julie's files, and tracks her to a psychedelic club. After accompanying Linny back to her apartment, he makes love to her and extracts from her a promise to lead him to Ringerman. Instead, she takes him to a pool hall where he is attacked in a bloody battle with pool balls and cues. Coogan returns to Linny's apartment and, by knocking her around, bluffs her into believing he'll kill her if she does not lead him to Ringerman. She takes him to the Cloisters where Ringerman, armed with a gun stolen from Coogan, attempts to escape on his motorcycle. But Coogan gives chase on another cycle and then on foot until he eventually tackles his man. When McElroy and his men arrive, Coogan claims he is making a citizen's arrest. Later, as he and Ringerman wait on top of the Pan Am Building for the helicopter that will take them to the airport and on to Arizona, Julie runs up to say goodbye.