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Late one evening, San Francisco bank teller Kelly Sherwood is seized in the garage of her home by an asthmatic stranger who warns her that unless she steals $100,000 from the bank where she works, he will kill either her or her younger sister, Toby, or both of them. Terrified, Kelly communicates with FBI agent John Ripley, who advises her to pretend to cooperate with the stranger while he and the police investigate. Official inquiries identify the man as Red Lynch, an ex-convict wanted for murder. Ripley tries to enlist the help of Lynch's current girl friend, Lisa Soong, who refuses to cooperate, because Lynch has paid heavy medical expenses for her crippled son. By tracing the purchase of a toy Lynch bought for the child, Ripley is able to discover where Lynch is holding Toby prisoner. On the day arranged for the theft, Kelly steals the $100,000 and follows Lynch's instructions by carrying the money to Candlestick Park, where a baseball game is in progress. As the game ends and Lynch tries to grab the purse from Kelly, Ripley pounces on him. Although Lynch manages to break away and fight his way through the crowd to the deserted playing field, he is shot down by Ripley as hordes of police pour down the aisles.