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Mrs. Hilyard, a wealthy widow recuperating from a broken hip, becomes trapped between floors in the cage-like elevator she has installed in her mansion. With her son Malcolm away for a summer weekend, she relies on an emergency alarm to attract attention, but the only response comes from an alcoholic derelict who ignores her pleas and steals some small items. The wino sells them to a fence, then visits his prostitute friend, Sade, attracting the attention of three young hoodlums, Randall, Elaine, and Bessie. The trio follows them back to the mansion, where they conduct an orgy, killing the wino and locking Sade in a closet. Randall then pulls himself up to the elevator and taunts Mrs. Hilyard with a note left by Malcolm threatening suicide because of her domineering manner. Shocked by the revelation, Mrs. Hilyard struggles with Randall, gouges out his eyes, and escapes to the street. The blinded assailant follows her and is run over by a passing automobile, whereupon police arrive to arrest the surviving intruders and comfort the victim.