Maxwell Webster (Glenn Ford) practices law in Montana, where he lives a staid existence with his wife, Julie (Ruth Roman), and their kids. He eventually opts for a drastic change and moves his family to California to start over. Studying to pass the state's bar exam, Maxwell endures numerous hardships while trying to make ends meet, even becoming involved in questionable schemes. When he gets into trouble for being associated with a bookie, Maxwell has to use his legal skills to defend himself.
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