All set for a fishing trip, Marlowe has to change plans when he meets an ex-con named Cookie, and crosses paths with a wealthy, but desperate, Lillian Collins. Jewelry has been stolen from her bedroom, and she wants to keep it secret from her traveling husband. Can he help her get the jewels back? Marlowe suspects her motives, and the jewels worth.
Marlowe gives Lillian a lift to visit Silvia Jennings who is a rich widow friend, but red flags are raised for Philip. Marlowe follows his leads, but who is following Marlowe? Will the fortune teller have his answers as she gazes into her crystal ball?
Thump on the head? Nope, just gassed by ether. It’s time to retrace his steps back through the characters. Silvia, Cookie, scams revealed, not to mention a pretty nasty hand gun. Danger looms, and Marlowe has to think fast to alert the cops, and break up the racket with the fortune teller.