Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a \"sure thing\" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them into serious trouble with the local Mafia boss and the corrupt New York City police department.
A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.
A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher.
Police officer Tom Sharky gets busted back to working vice, where he happens upon a scandalous conspiracy involving a local politician. Sharky's new 'machine' gathers evidence while Sharky falls in love with a woman he has never met.
An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.