Gangster Ni Moretti's world is a series of contrasts between extreme wealth and abject poverty, an unstable existence punctuated by booze and bullets. For Ni, the gangster lifestyle is even more dangerous because he is a finchio-a gay man-in a position of absolute power at the head of his own criminal organization. When Ni rescues beautiful mob accountant Stanley Zadwadzki from a violent assault at the hands of sadistic rival gangster Big Frank O'Hara, both Ni and Stanley become hunted men. Stanley places himself under Ni's protection as Ni's accountant and ufficial companion. As a warning, Frank murders Ni's office boy. In a quest for revenge, Ni tracks Frank to Little Italy, where the resulting confrontation forces him to shoot a bystander to protect Stanley. With a gang war looming, Ni must set aside his feelings and concentrate on asserting his superiority over Big Frank-or lose everything he holds most dear.