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.
A country family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. Julia extends her influence over the family and those around them, fooling all except for Rachel, the teenaged girl who knows her cousin is up to no good.
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.