Reporter Nick Fox has reason to believe the Frane Construction Company is taking unsafe shortcuts in the building of high-rises and bribing the inspectors. Nick goes undercover as a hardhat.
He witnesses the corruption happening, but cannot find any way of proving it. Then, Tremaine, a structural engineer who has been with the company since its start, is killed, apparently the result of an accident. As Nick and photographer partner Mackey continue to investigate both the construction and the death of Tremaine, Justine Frane (Ray Wise) becomes suspicious of them. Frane tries to get rid of them by framing Nick in the attempted murder of Kim Rice, the company's architect.