New York gangster Joe Krozak (Edward G. Robinson) welcomes his innocent young wife, Talya (Rose Stradner), from the Old World and is delighted when she is soon pregnant. Joe then orders a hit on three members of a competing gang. He's arrested, but convicted only for tax evasion. Talya gives birth to a son, but when reporter Paul North (James Stewart) shows her stark details of Joe's past, she leaves her husband and eventually marries Paul. Ten years later, Joe is released and seeks out his son.