It’s 1971 and the Vietnam war rages. Michael Dibiaso returns from Vietnam and the Army assigns him to a unit that acts as honor guard pallbearers for soldiers killed in the war. These experiences turn Michael into a bitter opponent of the war, and after his discharge he continues attending the funerals of fallen soldiers.
Michael’s family is involved with the Chicago Mafia. His father had been good friends with Al Capone, and his older brother Sergio works with the Mafia in their Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Sergio becomes embroiled in a fatal dispute with a member of the New York Mafia and Michael gets involved. The brothers decide to get revenge by stealing the year-end skim from the Desert Inn – seven million dollars.