Lum surprised Abner by returning alive and well. Though there’s word of a promising new business, Lum is upset at having all his stuff given away before folks knew he was really dead. Folks are bringing stuff back, although slightly altered,. Now, the problem is how to get the widow Jessup out of Lum’s house. That oldest boy of hers is big and tough, and keeps tossing Lum and Avner out.
Each tries to put the burden of getting rid of the widow on the other. Even town marshall, Henry Lunsford, runs into problems. Hey, why not smoke them out! No, that woln’t work. Can they hide the house while the family sleeps?
What if the family can be scared out? All the gents need are some sheets to dress up like ghosts. There’s just one problem, Lizabeth loaned the extra sheets to the Jessup’s.