Terry Jean Moore is a wild, young woman. While hitchhiking, Terry and her cousin Jesse are picked up by a driver, and Jesse attempts to rob him. Terry takes the blame for her cousin, which lands her in prison, where her attitude gets her in trouble with most of the authorities. She does make friends with a young lesbian named J.J. and one of the guards, Jack, who is kind to her. When Jack and Terry fall in love, she becomes pregnant. Terry fights for the right to raise the child in jail, and begins to improve her attitude.