Harvey Keitel stars as Lieutenant Fred O'Connor, a crooked cop who, together with his equally corrupt partner, maintains a clandestine apartment on Central Park West. The money for this swanky pad comes from their illegal, extra curricular activities. Enter Leo Smith, a sickly, pale young man who confesses to being the cop killer that O'Connor's been after for some time. Taking Leo at his word, O'Connor locks him up in the apartment, and proceeds to torture and abuse the youth so that even his partner starts objecting. But soon, Leo turns the tables and become the man in power.