Wrongly accused! Condemned to death!
Young Frankie Rogers (Jimmy Lydon) gets off to a bad beginning. The son of a drunken brute and an abused mother, Frankie becomes a thief and is thrown into reform school.
The years of institutional life crawl by as Frankie grows into a man (played by Wallace Ford). Upon his release from Juvenile Detention he heads to his hometown. Frankie is rejected as a criminal and exiles himself to the big city. There, in a bank heist gone wrong, he graduates from thief to murderer.