Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey’s shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, Dillard falls for a Hispanic woman, the sister of a friend. Also, Boardwalk is assigned to case a local apartment, where he meets and falls for the maid. Amidst all these romantic hijinks, Weslake puts together a burglary plan, which is executed by the makeshift gang.
Lynn Schaffer is willfully irresponsible once too often, gets fired and refuses a plea-bargain with her employer. She’s now convicted and because of this uncooperative attitude gets the maximum sentence, 10 years in a women’s jail wing. Model husband Larry, who wasn’t informed of her dumb schemes is left running her appeal, the household and spoiled daughter who now feels abandoned. Since most inmates are junkies or prostitutes, sergeant Ed Crang and fellow corrupt jailers can run a ‘favors in kind exchange’. For rebels, it gets worse. Larry however has his own radio show, so it all hangs on gathering proof.