Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) shoots and kills a man whilst in Singapore. She made claims that he attempted to take advantage of her. Alongside her husband Robert (Herbert Marshall), she is she arrested. They hire attorney Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) to defend her case. Unfortunately for Leslie during the trial Howard discovers a damming letter that puts doubt on Leslie’s story. They become involved in a blackmail scheme linked with the dead man’s widow and a Malayan clerk.