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In New Orleans, discharged army Captain Vance Colby learns of his father's killing done by three local Creole gents at a card game, and he sets out to punish the killers.
When Commissioner Renard tells Vance Colby the names of the witnesses to his father's death, Vance writes the names on a card - the 3 of spades - having no other paper on him. As each man dies, Vance tears of a piece and tosses it away. When the last of the three (Rivage) dies in a duel with Vance and falls into the river, Vance tosses the card remnant after him. As it floats by, it is no longer a 3 but an ace of spades, which, according to ancient legend, is the symbol of death.