Herschel Rosen, 19, is caught in a moral bind between the social complacency of the post World War II get rich mentality and the stirrings of outrage of the soon to emerge counterculture. It's 1964 in Philadelphia, hardly any longer the City of Brotherly Love. All that Herschel knows is that the world doesn't operate according to the high minded principles of Thoreau that he's read about in college. In an environment that separates neighbors and cultures, Rosen becomes mired in conflict with family, tradition, and criminal elements. Disillusioned, Herschel seeks a life of crime, becoming a fence a purveyor of stolen goods and struggles to find autonomy. But witnessing the example of Sam, his upstanding policeman father, Herschel eventually becomes appalled at his own victimization of the innocent. He decides on changing to the straight and narrow. Just a few more fencing jobs to pay off crime boss Sylvan Skolnik ... Fate won't let Herschel off that easy, though, as the young man falls deeper and deeper into the criminal world. Beaten up and left for dead, he finds the higher road to existence in a seemingly hopeless urban jungle.