Charlie Anderson, a former policeman who once saved Joe Mannix's life, hires the detective when his wife has run off. The wife is somebody else Charlie met while a policeman - a one-time prostitute who went straight. Charlie now is a security guard at a air cargo facility. One test run has gone badly, thanks to Charlie being suspicious of hoods. Mannix, after being beaten by hoods, learns in the hospital that Charlie and his wife are together again and that he's off the case. Mannix is determined to find the truth.