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On the boat back from Europe, gangster Lance McGowan meets Joan Morley without realizing that she is the sister of Angie the Ox, one of Lance's rivals. Angie, who runs several gambling clubs, has taken advantage of Lance's absence to take over as head man. Now that he has returned, Lance tries to take back his territory. He meets Joan again at Angie's biggest club, and when Angie sees them together, he warns Lance away from his sister. Angie orders his men to take care of Lance, and they shoot at him as he is leaving the club. He escapes into a large mansion across the street, which is owned by Abigail Ardsley. She greets her intruder and tells him that she has kept her door open for forty-five years, ever since her disapproving father shot and killed her fiancé, Robert Anders. When Lance tells Abigail that he is in a similar situation, she advises him not to let Joan go. Taking her advice, Lance visits Joan at home to tell her that he loves her and she admits that she loves him, too. That night Lance brings Abigail a dog to keep her company. With her encouragement, he goes to Angie's club to ask his permission to marry Joan, and when Angie reaches for his gun, Babe, one of Lance's men, kills him. Lance is blamed for the murder and is arrested, and when Babe is killed leaving town, he no longer has an alibi. A strict new governor decides to make an example of Lance, and it looks like he will be convicted until Abigail leaves her house for the first time in years and testifies that Lance was visiting her at the time of the murder. Lance is acquitted on her word. When he visits Abigail for the last time to tell her that he has gotten a good job and is going straight, he finds Joan waiting there for him.