Prostitute, party girl, perjurer, bad-check passer, petty criminal. She's all this and more… but is she a murderer? Arrested for fatally beating an elderly widow, Barbara Graham (Susan Hayward) at first goads the police, refusing to answer their questions. But when an alleged accomplice turns state's evidence, Graham insists that she's innocent. Condemned by the press and the public, Graham is found guilty of murder and sentenced to die in the gas chamber. But as her execution date nears, Graham desperately attempts to expose the truth and save her life against all odds.