Lucas is a widower who works as a clockmaker. He has a daughter who lives in a village in northern Spain. One day his daughter go to school as each morning and he opens his shop. Aafter, a neighbor comes running to tell him that his daughter just died as an unfortunate victim of a terrorist attack that has been perpetrated against the car of a minister on official visit. Shattered, Lucas thinks that this is due to serious political tension that is living that part of the country, making a terrible emotionally unbalanced resolution: life threatening to the Head of State.
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.