Nicole is a beautiful, rich and neurotic woman who lives in a mansion alone with her maids and chauffeur. But without someone to really account to, Nicole begins to spin out of control. Her decadent and lustful life leads to murder, despair and, ultimately, mournful regret in this cautionary tale for the idle rich who have too much money and time.
Spoofing the entire 1940s detective genre, and his own performances as a bumbling private detective, Peter Falk plays Lou Pekinpaugh, a San Francisco private detective accused of murdering his partner at the instigation of his mistress, the partner's wife, Georgia Merkle.
The lawyer is visiting a prison to meet with a violent criminal who has been condemned to death. During the visit, things turn bad, there is a riot where prisoners escape and the criminal escapes taking a lawyer hostage.