Ernest Chapel offers a one sided monolog of a man who seems to be talking to another who is about to shoot him. The two seem to have served together in the war as he talks about some graphic deaths, and continues to give a descriptive account of the killer slowly squeezing his trigger. Is he giving his killer advice so to speed along the ordeal, or to somehow intimidate him? The suspense rises to a crecendo pitch, then… The scene changes.
Still in the style of a one sided monolog, a woman talks about events in her life, a matter of an insurance policy. Things that make good drama, but they don’t happen in real life, do they? Ernest is back to talk to his killer, and draw out more facets of the story, and the reason for the shooting. The relationship of the woman, and of love relationships are portrayed. Who is Frederick? What does he have to do with Norma? Money is involved, possibly blackmail, and a betrayal of a friend.
The story of a love triangle introduces poor old Gretchen, the lover who is left behind by all the scandal. Is the shooter beginning to have second thoughts? The scandalous story keeps dishing out the dirt of past indiscretions, and it is looking like there isn’t any guilty party, all of the players are equally corrupt. The web of lies is displayed in more detail, and is one that goes back years in the past. Yet another woman is introduced into the picture. Who is the house guest who has just come?
Ernest chapel keeps up his monolog, and the shooter’s emotions are showing signs of softening. What secrets do the two women in the other room know, and might share? Is there something to fear with them getting together? Will it push the shooter over the brink?A shot is heard, and though there may not be a real resolution to the tangled relationships, the mysteries of the shooter is solved.