Harry Mitchell is a successful Los Angeles manufacturer whose wife is running for city council. His life is turned upside down when three blackmailers confront him with a video tape of him with his young mistress and demand $100,000. Fearing that the story will hurt his wife's political campaign if he goes to the police, Harry pretends that he will pay the men, but does not follow through. The blackmailers raise their demands in retaliation, and Harry begins to try to turn them against each other. When the sociopathic leader of the criminals responds with violence against the mistress and harrassment of Harry's wife, Harry seeks some other solution.