Gambler Ned Beaumont works for a corrupt political boss, named Paul Madvig. Ned happens upon a dead body in the gutter, and recognizes him as Taylor, the twenty-six year old son of the local Senator. Madvig tells Beaumont that he wants him to investigate the murder, as Madvig is keen on marrying the Senator's daughter. Ned receives anonymous letters suggesting that Madvig might actually be the killer. As he begins to investigate, Ned realizes that someone in Taylor's family might have had something to do with the young man's death. Things get trickier, as his investigation begins a gang war between Madvig, and Shad O'Rory, a local mob boss. Ned Beaumont is determined to solve the man's death, no matter the consequences.