Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck) is in love with a jewel thief, Tony Laredo (Richard Rober), and he persuades her to go live with her rich aunt, and steal her jewels. Her aunt gets shot. Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey), an assistant district attorney, is assigned the case, promptly falls in love with Thelma (and she with him). And, then, Tony shows up. And nothing, from this point, works out favorable for Thelma, Clive or Tony.