When a fisherman is shot to death in a quiet New Jersey town, Officer Alice Grady wants to know why. Fisherman Hank Chapman knows the answer, but he'd prefer the police not investigate too closely. After all, he and the dead man both engaged in the side business of smuggling illegal alcohol in from rum row. Alice and Hank soon find themselves helping a young widow and, despite their differences, fighting a growing attraction. How can a police officer and a rum runner find common ground?