Mr. Appleby (Robert H. Harris) is an antiques dealer in his mid-forties. His love for his objet d'art supersedes his financial interests and he finds himself owing Dizar and Son, importers, same twelve thousand dollars because he would rather keep the things he gets from them than to sell to admiring customers. Desperate for cash and greedy for even more artifacts, Appleby murders his wife and collects on her insurance policy. Then Appleby courts a wealthy patron, whom he eventually marries. After awhile, Appleby is in the same financial trouble as before, and he once again considers past solutions.