Neither Annie, Joe, or Mrs Wigglesworth believe that Bill Corwin is just out fishing. Their worries aren’t the solid evidence that marshal Elmer Slim needs, and he’s relieved Bill’s absence is explained away.
Bill’s bed wasn’t slept in, but what could have happened to prevent him from coming home?
As the marshal drives away, Annie reviews her ideas on the matter with Joe, and the farm hand, Walter. How does it tie in with the cement at the bridge, or the robbery? She figures the boat is connected to Bill’s disappearance, but not for fishing.
Exploring the river, Annie, Joe, and Walter beat the bushes. Leaping lizards, there’s the boat, but no Bill. Still, there’s clues that Bill had been in the boat. The question remains, where is he?