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Sentenced to prison for vehicular manslaughter, Kent Marlowe shares a cell with Morgan and Butch, who are serving time for forgery and murder, respectively. The resourceful Morgan manages to escape and seeks shelter with Kent's sister Ana, who runs a bookshop, and they fall in love. Morgan is soon recaptured, but influenced by his feelings for Ana, decides to serve the rest of his time on good behavior, but never to the extent of becoming an informer. The weakling Kent, on the other hand, collaborates with the warden to quell a mutiny, led by Butch, against the terrible conditions in the prison. The prisoners who rebelled suspect Morgan of having been the informer and demand an accounting between him and Butch. Unwillingly, the two old comrades face each other in a gunfight and both are seriously wounded. Morgan recovers, but Butch dies, convinced of his friend's loyalty. Kent dies riddled with bullets in another battle. Morgan's intervention in smothering another dangerous situation gains him his freedom.