A protection racket boss coerces a young man, Joey, into becoming his hit man, specializing in the "money men" behind dope dealers. Smoking killed Joey's mother. When it kills his girlfriend he stalks and kills a money man behind cigarettes.
The detective called to the murder scene lost his wife to smoking. He recognizes the tobacco investor, sees an old cigarette pack and kicks it toward the body. "There you go, tobacco man." A reporter discovers the pack, writes it may be a signal. Joey picks up the idea, starts to kill tobacco investors, leaving a cigarette pack each time. Tobacco stocks plunge.
When the cop realizes he created a serial killer he races to stop him. But wonders if he can without killing him, and if he'll be in time--the tobacco companies have a million dollar bounty on Joey's head.