Richard Abernethie died a very wealthy man. All the relatives who attended the funeral benefited from his death. There was no reason to suspect that his death was anything but a natural one – or was there? Mr. Entwhistle, the old family lawyer, is uneasy. Although the various members of the Abernethie family are outwardly prosperous, how badly do they need the money old Richard’s death has brought them? Entwhistle goes to his old friend Hercule Poirot for help.