A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
Beaty, a nightclub hostess who turns tricks. Emory is an expatriate American who works the lights at Beaty's nightclub and is in love with her. But Beaty cannot deal in flowery sentiment, especially since she needs money, not romance, to support her young son.
Under The Volcano
British Consul to Mexico, has quit his job after divorcing Yvonne, and takes solace with a bottle of booze. However, Yvonne decides to return to Cuernavaca, along with Geoffrey's half-brother in order to get Geoffrey sober again.
An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.