Classic crime drama. When a cop is murdered on patrol, small-time crook Frank Wiecek (Richard Conte) takes the rap and is sentenced to life. Eleven years later, hard-boiled reporter P.J. O'Neal (James Stewart) is assigned to look into the case but finds the authorities unwilling to co-operate. As he digs deeper, he begins to believe they got the wrong man but must now find the evidence to prove it.