Bad luck for McGraw. Not only does he break down in the desert and finds himself stranded in the small town of Calidad but, to his dismay, he also finds out his hotel there is the sheriff's office jail. McGraw is indeed accused of murdering a café waitress.
A manicurist sees an Albert Anastasia-type murder and goes into hiding. McGraw links the case to another killing, figuring both were revenge for being in death sentence case jurors. The witness must be used as bait to lure the murderer out.
McGraw is asked to investigate a stick up man that confesses to the police about robbing a business man, trouble is, the crime never took place and to complicate things, a woman who might hold the answers is murdered.