Four young people have come to the small town across San Fransisco Bay. The came to respond to word about an inheritance, but when they arrived their wealthy, and rival uncles were found dead. Is it possible that the dead men have actually been seen walking around? Captain Friday goes over the clues as he knows them thus far. Martin and Gail Stanley have had enough of the spookiness, and want to go home to get the law involved. Friday wants to try to figure it out on his own, and forbids the brother and sister to leave.
The latest incident of animated corpses is reviewed. Will the shocking scene reveal any new clues? Wills from the uncles, Simms and Walters, are found, and Friday reads them. The feud between the uncles doesn’t extend to the young relatives. Still there’s some controversial news that could mean a motive of blackmail if its true. Other lost relatives are identified, but they had been killed off years ago.
Being familiar with the local history, Friday shares what he knows about the uncles in their younger years. Secrets about assumed identities, making fortunes in working in the mines, and the truth behind the rivalry are revealed. It explains the murder, and suicides of the last day or so, but not exactly. How are the corpses getting around, and harassing people? Despite one uncle or the other being dead, if they left their fortune to their heirs, all four of the young people stand to inherit an equal, and impressive share. Is there supernatural forces of the devil at work, or will Friday uncover a simple explanation for the super strength of the animated corpses?