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Clyde Baxter, who toots the sax in a cheap dancehall, falls in love with Flowers, a taxi dancer, thereby angering Blackjack Connell, a tough rumrunner who considers Flowers to be his property. Mike Luego, a rival bootlegger, shoots up Blackjack's headquarters, and in revenge Blackjack rips up Luego's warehouse. Blackjack finds Clyde with Flowers; and to save Clyde's life, Flowers consents to marry Blackjack that very night. Clyde is taken prisoner by Luego's men, and Flowers learns of his captivity, becoming distraught and tipping off Blackjack that she has married him only to protect Clyde. With an uncharacteristic and moving sentimentality, Blackjack goes to Luego and trades his freedom for that of Clyde. Blackjack is brutally murdered, and Clyde and Flowers set out to find a new life together.