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Moments after murdering Roy Hanford, Harry Lane, an employee of the Crown Jewelry company, is discovered by the police and arrested. While confessing his crime to the police inspector, Harry relates events leading up to the murder, beginning when he was a young World War II veteran returning to his home in Los Angeles: Harry returns to his old job as a "pay off" man for Marty Floyd, a shady gambler, and meets two of Marty's new associates, Al Conway and Earl Taylor. Marty assigns Harry to deliver $20,000 to a client in Las Vegas. At the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Harry comes under the influence of Richard Elsworth, a confidence artist who fleeces some of the $20,000 from him in a mining investment scheme. When Harry gets a tip from one of Marty's men that Richard is a con artist, he rushes to Richard's house in the hopes of preventing the completion of the deal he made with him. Harry accuses Richard of trying to leave town with his money, so Richard tries to kill him. Harry kills Richard in self-defense, buries the body, and then assumes the con man's identity. Harry goes to Denver to recover his money, but is unsuccessful. In Denver, Harry falls in love with Mildred Ellsworth, Richard's wife, who was also betrayed by her husband. Later, Harry is aboard a train that wrecks and saves the life of a wealthy man named Hamilton, who shows his gratitude by offering him a job in St. Louis. Harry and Mildred marry under the assumed last name of Roberts and settle into a respectable life in St. Louis. One day, Harry and Mildred are visited by Roy Hanford, who was Richard's partner, and Hanford tells them that he knows that Harry killed Richard. When Hanford tries to force Harry into paying him $25,000 to remain silent about the murder, Harry panics and plans to kill Hanford. As Harry comes out of his reverie, the detective captain reveals that Mildred has also confessed to the murder of Hanford, and that Hanford was actually killed by the police in a raid earlier that day. After concluding that Mildred and Harry each confessed to protect the other, the captain releases them. Though the captain reminds Harry that he must still face a trial for Richard's murder, he feels certain that a jury will acquit him.