Quenching his thirst for vengeance with alcohol, Freddy Gale waits for John Booth's release, planning his revenge. He becomes a man obsessed. On the day of Booth's release, with his soul howling in agony, he is ready.
John Booth, at once strengthened and weakened by his prison experiences, also waits. Still seeking a final penance, he endures his own agonies until the day he gets a gun to reclaim his life.