At the Terrace Inn are gathered guests from various parts of the world seeking a quiet resting place. At an introductory social function, a certain violin virtuoso, Hal Van Amkin and a noted curio collector, Baron Rosbaum, join the guests. Van Amkin falls in love with Jasmine Roberts, one of the season's debutantes. The Baron shows marked attention to Countess Blankely. The latter is a charming widow, who delights to display her diamonds. At a ball given at the inn, Mrs. Roberts, finding her daughter in Van Amkin's company, objects to the attention he is paying her and openly snubs him. In the morning the body of Mrs. Roberts is found at the bottom of the terrace with a note roughly pinned to her waist, which reads: "I'm tired of living in an atmosphere of shame." Everyone is hysterical over the affair, especially Mrs. Roberts' daughter, who refuses to see Van Amkin. Xavier Queer, a noted scientist, who has made a study of criminology and its motives, is one of the party which ...
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