Matters of journalism, and the National Geographic seem to have Effie Perine in tears today. Will Sam’s report on the latest caper settle her down? Playing long distance phone tag finally connects Sam to a client of his from a year ago, or so Wendall claims. Sam is reluctant to take the job of defending family honor, but the eccentric, wealthy family draws him in.
More of the neurotic family members are interviewed about the missing person. Is there a money trail? At the bank, Sam gets some crossed wires, when Wendall claims to have never spoken to the hard boiled detective at, all. Golly! The crazy characters just don’t stop for Sam, including a notable pink car. If it wasn’t Wendall who contacted Sam, who did? The trail isn’t too difficult, but ddangerous.
Awaking from a thump on the head, Sam finds his pants on fire. Being a little burned up, pun intended, as well as various others, Sam confronts Rowdy Dowser to see why he tried to kill him. Fists speak, but does Rowdy know anything about the missing uncle Purse “Snatcher” Wisby? Sam smells a rat, and might be able to save the Wisby farm.