Miss Astley is finding it difficult to make both ends meet on a fixed income. The usual methods of raising extra capital seem to get her nowhere. A get-rich-quick advertisement catches her eye - but will it solve her problem?
To have a reasonably good job, a loving wife, children and, moreover, a decent place to live - it doesn't seem a great deal to ask in our civilised 20th Century - but to Joe Cartey and Edna this is still a distant dream.
When his car breaks down, a salesman is forced to spend the night at the isolated home of a retired judge. The judge and his elderly friends seem very affable, but the salesman begins to become alarmed at all their questions.