A big time lawyer is helping his powerful gangster employee to consolidate and control the numbers racket in New York. This means assuming control of the many smaller numbers rackets, one of which is run by Morse's older brother.
The film has this strong melodramatic tone that almost runs the picture, as it feels, say, too much? However the biblical references, the conflict between the brothers, and a great cinematography that makes great use of space to build tension or tell something are enough to overshadow this small issues. Also for those big fans of Jeff Bridges' own brother, Bob, might get a nice surprise as he makes his first appereance as a small boy here.
All in all, a somewhat generic film-noir thriller that gets a major lift thanks to a nice conflict that keeps the whole movie very entertaining.