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At the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., new federal agents are sworn in and trained. Among them is attorney Mal Stevens, who is assigned together with Van Rensseler and Tex to follow the criminal, Thompson. The trail leads to Joe Keefer, chauffeur to wealthy Buddy Spencer and his sister Eleanor, who was formerly engaged to Van. Fearing a kidnapping plot, Stevens, Van and Tex attend a Spencer society party, during which Eleanor receives a call that Buddy has been hurt. Keefer drives her to a location prearranged with the criminals, and just as they are about to abduct the unsuspecting Eleanor, the agents arrive and capture them. Despite the agents' suspicions, Eleanor insists that Keefer is innocent, even when he is sentenced for possession of a stolen pistol. She uses her influence to have Keefer released on parole and provides a farm for him and his parents. Meanwhile, Stevens and Van good-naturedly agree to compete for Eleanor's affection, and Thompson, who had been at work on a prison farm, escapes with his confederates when a getaway car drives by. A tip leads Stevens to the Carolina farm of the Keefers, where he discovers that Keefer has returned to the city and is leading a gang in a spree of violent bank robberies, determined to be a millionaire like the Spencers. Later a broken heel belonging to Lola, Keefer's moll, leads the federal agents to the gang's hideout. Buddy, who is now an agent despite his sister's wishes, finds the gang, but he is captured and killed just as Stevens and his companions enter. Some of the gang are captured, including Lola, who was left behind. Eleanor blames Stevens for Buddy's death, not knowing that Keefer was the murderer, but Van informs her of the identity of the killer on the trip back to the Justice Department. Because Keefer's photo appears on "wanted" lists across the country, he forces a doctor to give him face-altering plastic surgery, then has the doctor killed. When Lola refuses to talk, Stevens alters a photograph to show Keefer and a new girl, Milly, embracing, which prompts Lola to reveal the location of the new hideout. After removing the bandages on his head a week later, Keefer discovers that the doctor scratched his initials "JK" across his cheeks, so that the letters form hideous scars. The agents fake a call to lure the gang out of their hideout; however, in the confusion Keefer takes Stevens hostage. In the ensuing fight, Keefer is killed and Stevens is badly wounded. Finally, Van brings Eleanor to Stevens in the hospital.