Using his amazing powers of observation and knowledge of the human mind, Doc Danfield often helps the police. Today, he and his faithful secretary, Rusty, drive to a small desert town.
Taking shelter from a dust storm, Doc Danfield stops at a roadside Motel. Mr Bedloe introduces his other guests, three artistic types. Troubles emerge relating to rival painters, a wife who feels trapped in her marriage to a man twice her age, and veiled threats of death.
When Mr Pierce shows up as a corpse, Dan gets the details of what is known of the shooting, but with all the clues in, and a houseful of suspicious characters it still may not be so easy to pin down the murderer. Just what is the significance of the footprints leading up to the cabin of the late Mr Pierce anyway? What about the gun that shot him? Don’t worry, if you missed something, Doc Danfield explains it all to Miss Fairfax at the end.