Jerry Bolante (Joseph Cortese) and his associates, Anthony (Lou Criscuolo) and Joe (Joe Pesci), are small-time hoods trying to survive on the brutal streets of New Jersey. The ambitious young Bolante is offered the job of debt collector for a local crime syndicate. There he finds the opportunity to rise in the ranks of underworld society, but Bolante's hunger for success backfires as his over-zealous actions end in failure time after time. This leads the mob boss to suspect Bolante and his crew of skimming funds, an offence that requires immediate and deadly repayment.
The dramatic story of a young man who is bent on becoming the best hoodlum in the underworld society where favors are repaid in kind... or repaid in blood.