A woman goes to her cousin Dave with troubles with her fiancee. Ray is an artist with a load of mental burdens concerning his first wife who has been dead for a few years. Before he is willing to marry Vi, he wants to try to clear the burdens of his past out of his life. To help straighten things out, a surprise party is planned as a way to lift the mood.
Ray asks Dave to spend the night with him in his art studio, but why doesn’t he want to leave the room until Sunday morning? Eerie laughter haunts Ray, but Dave thinks it’s absurd to think someone is outside the 3rd floor window. Is it true that the ghost of his dead wife, Miriam walks the house on the anniversary of her death?
Secrets about Miriam emerge. Her oppressive nature, her sanity, and death threats all provide the background to explain Ray’s fear. Ray is determined to sit at the door, and shoot the ghost with his revolver. Huh? Shoot a ghost? I smell a disaster coming on.
The hermit sets the spooky stage for the final word in the story. Will Ray kill his ghost with bullets? Is there something else afoot? Will Ray finally be free to marry Vi? Personally, I don’t know if I’d trust Dave. Don’t worry, supernatural explanations are the rule in the Hermit’s Cave, and we learn what really happened to Miriam as ghostly finger marks appear on his throat to strangle him.