Racketeer Augie Kolodney is eating alone at an Italian restaurant, and asks the waiter Blockman why there is no one else there. The waiter insists that it's slows, and says that the normal man is home sick. Augie tells him to look out the door and take down the license plates of a car parked outside. The waiter does so and returns with a report of two men in a car, with a license plate number that Augie recognizes. Augie asks about Blockman's children and then gives him a two-hundred-dollar tip for them having such a stupid waiter. Blockman thanks Augie by name and he asks how the waiter knew his name when he didn't say it. Augie knows that the waiter turned away customers earlier, and figures someone paid Blockman to keep him there.
The two men burst in and open fire on Augie, wounding him in the shoulder. He runs outside but his chauffeur drives away before Augie can get in. He runs through the streets to his apartment. His girlfriend Molly Mitchell opens the door and is surprised to see him. Augie points out that she claimed she was sick because she knew about the contract on him. She admits that he's supposed to be dead, and asks Augie what he intends to do with her. He simply tells her to get out and calls his lieutenant, Tony, and asks if he was involved. Augie accepts Tony's claim of innocence and tells him to pick him up and take him to a doctor.
The doctor fixes Augie up and warns him that the bullet came close to killing him. The racketeer has Tony pay him off, and the doctor warns him that he's in lousy physical condition from stress. He suggests that Augie retire, but Augie says that all of his rivals and competitors would find him no matter where he would go. The racketeer says that he wants out, and if he doesn't get out soon he'll kill himself. The doctor considers and then writes down the address of someone who he claims can help Augie get out. He warns Augie that it will cost him a lot, but at least he'll still be breathing.
Augie has Tony drive him to the address, a manor owned by Dr. Glendon. Glendon ushers Augie into his study and boasts of his collection of rare artwork. Augie isn't interested and tells Glendon to get on with it. He objects to the secrecy and the fact that Glendon had him come alone, but Glendon says it's for his safety. He then begins questioning Augie, confirming who he is and whether he needs his services. Augie claims that he's an investor, but Glendon points out that he is actually a racketeer, and he wants to retire not because of ill health, but because he fears for his survival.
Augie asks what Glendon is promising, and the doctor says that he's offering Augie a long life, complete peace and serenity, and physical comfort. Augie asks the price, and Glendon says that Augie will pay him with everything he has. When the racketeer says that he's just a hard-working hood, Glendon says that he's being modest and Augie is the most powerful racketeer in existence. Augie says he needs time to think it over, and Glendon points out that Augie is at constant risk. As he serves Augie a glass of rare wine served in a one-of-a-kind silver Etruscan goblet, he says that he knows about all of the murder attempts. Augie admits that he's tired of running, but says he wants at least a week to think it over. Glendon notes that the chance of Augie is dying increases every day, and tells Augie that Tony has been bought by the racketeer's rival, Mr. Pinelli.
Augie starts to feel weak and Glendon offers to escort him to a bedroom to rest. The butler helps the racketeer along, while Glendon explains that he used to be a medical doctor, but he went into research. He says that Augie's weakness is an understandable reaction, and Augie demands answers. Glendon explains that he gave him a tranquilizer in the wine, and plans to give him a drug that will add almost a century to his lifespan, a drug that he developed 75 years ago.
Glendon and the butler take Augie to a hidden chamber, and the doctor explains that his lifetime dream is to have the world's largest collection of one-of-a-kind objects. They go through a hallway with cell doors. Inside the cells are Princess Anastasia, Judge Crater, Roald Amundson, Amelia Earhart, and his prize possession: Adolph Hitler, obtained in Argentina in 1947. Glendon escorts Augie into his own cell and assures him that he has all of the comforts available, and no tension or jeopardy. The doctor assures Augie that he will live a very, very long time and then goes. He tells the butler, Joseph, to put Augie's car in the car museum with Hitler's staff car, and leaves, satisfied with a good day's work and another "collector's item."