Portrait of a small town, almost any town, and the postwar forces of unrest, labor union and racial, reflected in the story of Shep Ward, newspaper editor and party line follower of a rich, reactionary publisher, Andrews. Shep's personal life gets its reverse when his wife Mary leaves him thinking he has lost all decency of point of view. Trouble in the town comes to a head when Andrews, his publisher, is shot- Kahn, a Jew, arrested only because of anti-semitism. Shep, forfeiting caution for the truth, airs the whole thing in an edition of his paper... The intentions here are worthier than the actuality- which is only mediocre.