Noted New York gangster Baby Face Martin, who grew up in the neighborhood, decides to come home to visit his mother and the girl he left behind. While he is there he hooks up with Dave Connell, a former friend who is now a struggling architect. At first Connell is a little disturbed that "Marty" is back in the neighborhood, but he goes along with him. When Marty sees his mother, she rejects him because of what he has become. He later sees his girl, who is now a prostitute in the throes of syphilis. All this drives Marty to the edge, which leads to the plot to kidnap the nephew of a prominent judge. When Dave finds out about this, he decides to take matters into his own hands and try to stop Martin's plot.