Four gangsters rob a bank. In the subsequent shootout, a cashier and one of the gangsters are murdered. During their escape, the remaining three perpetrators encounter a pregnant woman. She dies during childbirth and asks the trio to take her son to his father (who happens to be the cashier they murdered). Tormented by their part in killing the boy's father, the three reluctantly take the newborn back to town.
William Wyler's first sound picture is a wonderful ode to responsibility, redemption, purpose, fate, and chance.