Of all the cars on all the highways in all the world, Vera (Ann Savage) had to get into his. Sure, technically the snazzy convertible Al (Tom Neal) drives isn't his. It belongs to high-roller Haskell (Edmund MacDonald), who picked Al up back in Arizona. Al's just a New York piano man, see, hitchhiking to Hollywood where his sweetie (Claudia Drake) is chasing her dream. And Haskell is heading all the way to Californ-i-a, relieved to have somebody share the driving. But when Haskell accidentally falls from the car and brains himself on a roadside rock, Al knows the coppers would never believe that a hitchhiker didn't murder the moneybags for his ride. Better to hide the body and get to Los Angeles and fast, ditching the car once there. So why does Al pick the hitchhiking Vera up? Pity, maybe, knowing what it's like to stand all day watching hope drive by. Thing is, she recognizes the car, and knows he's not Haskell. But she's not gonna turn him in. No, she's a scavenger in a skirt, and there ain't no con beneath her as long as it leads to money. Sell a dead man's car? Sure. But, wait—the newspapers say Haskell's rich father is about to eat dirt, and she spies an even better scheme to make Al the schnook earn her payday.