Billy (James Brown) is an ex-bandit who has gone clean. His brother Matt (Robert Karnes) is a thug who just busted out of jail. Matt wants his brother to join his gang, but Billy refuses -- that is, until Matt threatens to pin a crime on him. Billy reluctantly rides with the crooks, but a brotherly brawl breaks out and Matt is killed in the scuffle that he instigated, while his adolescent son, Ted (John Wilder), looks on. Unaware of his dad's dastardly side, Ted sics the law on Billy.