In a racially-mixed American town, a 5-year-old black girl (Gwendolyn Laster) falls into a hidden, forgotten well on her way to school. With nothing better to go on, the police follow up a report that the child was seen with a white stranger, and rumors run wild. Before innocent Claude Packard (Harry Morgan) is even found, popular hysteria has him tried and convicted. But Packard's troubles pale by comparison as ever more-inflated rumors uncap the well of racial tensions and mob violence. Meanwhile Carolyn Crawford is still missing. Also stars Richard Rober and Maidie Norman.