It's New York, 1952. Welcome to Broadway, the glamour and power capital of the universe.
J.J. Hunsecker rules it all with his daily gossip column in the New York Globe, syndicated to sixty million readers across America. J.J. has the goods on everyone, from the President to the latest starlet.
And everyone feeds J.J. scandal, from J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joe McCarthy down to a battalion of hungry press agents who attach their news to a client that J.J. might plug.
When a young press agent, Sidney, tries to hitch his wagon to J.J. all while keeping secrets about his client's new relationship with J.J.'s sister, he learns that you can become no one if J.J. turns on you.