- Sir Max Forrester, a distinguished surgeon, returns from performing an operation in Moscow to find himself being blackmailed by Palmer, a Treasury official, for holding a Swiss bank account.
- Also in Palmer's net are Olivia Cameron, actress, Johnny Tomorrow, pop singer, and Frank Canfield, Businessman of dubious reputation.
- Canefield proposes a drastic way out to which the others reluctantly agree even though it apparently leads to the murder of Palmer by poisoning.
- A distinctly unorthodox Detective-Inspector appears on the scene, and the conspirators undergo a succession of unpleasant surprises leading to a grimly ironic conclusion.
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