Dick (Skip Homeier) has agreed to accept half-pay from his employer who is nearing bankruptcy. But Dick's wife, Beth (Academy Award winner Joanne Woodward) remonstrates him and insists that he stand up for himself. Afterward, Dick is determined to approach his boss for his just dues. At his boss's home, Dick comes across an open cash box and decides to take what he is owed. He is surprised in the act by the employer who is armed, and, in the ensuing struggle, a panicky Dick takes the life of the older man. Dick returns to his wife to state only that he is in trouble, and the two agree to a rendezvous that night in a bus station, planning a flight to Mexico. Two untimely interruptions by visitors end in violence and an unexpected climax, as the young man tries desperately to thwart justice.