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As they drive down a winding road to a party in the Hollywood Hills, Jane Palmer begs her husband Alan, who is driving the couple's convertible, to turn the car around. When she explains that she cannot face the party and all the rich and snobbish people they will meet there, Alan graciously obliges, turning around and heading back along the road. As they pass an oncoming car, the driver mistakenly tosses a suitcase full of cash into their back seat. After stopping briefly, the couple returns home, and the next morning, Alan goes to Union Station and checks the suitcase, for which he receives a claim ticket. While he is out, gangster Danny Fuller arrives at the Palmers' apartment and demands that Jane give him the suitcase. When she tells him that they have already turned it over to the police, Danny threatens to return if her story does not turn up in the newspapers in the next few days. Days later, Alan and Jane make plans for dinner and a boat ride at a nearby lake. While Alan is out, Danny returns, and Jane persuades him to split the money with her. She arranges to meet him at a palm tree by the shore of the lake, and then goes to meet Alan for dinner. Afterward, Alan and Jane take a motorized boat onto the lake, where she callously shoots and kills him. She then steers the boat toward the palm tree and picks up Danny, who helps her dump Alan's corpse overboard. Later, at the apartment house, Alan's worried sister Kathy Palmer obtains a pass key to the couple's apartment and finds the ticket. Kathy takes it and is about to leave, when she hears a knock at the door. She opens it and meets a man named Don Blake, who introduces himself as Alan's friend and fellow war veteran. Later, Jane meets Blake, of whom she is immediately suspicious, and phones Sharber, a friend of Alan's with whom she is acquainted. When Sharber tells her that he does not recognize Blake's name, Jane demands that he leave. Later, Jane asks Danny to buy her some poison so that she can kill Kathy. At the apartment, Blake arrives to pick up Kathy for a date, and she gives him the ticket. He agrees to stop at Union Station, but before they leave, Jane demands that they come over to her apartment, where Sharber is waiting. When Sharber says that he does not recognize Blake, Kathy demands that he return the ticket. Jane, however, pulls her gun, grabs the ticket and rushes to collect the suitcase herself. Later, Jane goes to Danny's house, slips some poison into his drink and then flees to Mexico. There, she checks into a lavish hotel and hides the suitcase, after which Blake arrives with several Mexican police officers. Blake, who reveals that he is actually the brother of Jane's first husband, says that he never believed the report that his brother had committed suicide, but rather, has always suspected Jane of murdering him. Overwhelmed by panic and dismay, Jane slips, falling from the balcony to her death below. Later, Blake returns home to marry Kathy.