Summary: Max Dembo wants to go straight, but the paroled criminal's attempts are second-guessed and stymied by his bullying parole officer. After his parole officer unfairly throws him back in jail for a week, he hijacks the parole officer's car, and from that point, returns to a life of crime. With some cooperation from his buddies Willie and Jerry, Max robs a bank. The robbers escape the scene in time, even though Max spends time grabbing more money after Jerry calls time. Eager to splurge on his girlfriend, he takes her to a Beverly Hills jewelry store and tells her to pick out anything she wants. While she's trying to choose, Max starts getting ideas: He makes plans to rob the store, using Jerry as his partner and Willie as the driver of the getaway car. The two criminals enter the store, and while Jerry keeps time, Max smashes the display cases open and grabs the expensive jewelry. When Jerry calls time, Max keeps on smashing and greedily digs up more gems. Jerry has had enough of Max's tunnel vision and demands that they move on. The two leave the store, and when they discover Willie has taken off, they flee for the Beverly Hills alleyways. Cops are on their way to the scene, but finally catch up with the two escaping men. As Max and Jerry climb a wall into a backyard, Jerry gets shot and killed. Max manages to get away, though, and picks up his girlfriend from work, urging her to flee with him. On the way out of town, Max murders Willie for bungling the crime and being responsible for Jerry's death. Deep in the desert it's clear that he is a doomed man.