It is an actors' field day when Rachel Hammond returns to her small New England town and discovers for years the Town Council has been receiving large anonymous gifts for village improvements and has kept this a secret because one of them seems to be involved in missing diamonds from an old robbery the source of the gifts. Rachel meets a former boyfriend who has returned from the Peace Corps in Africa and they set about to solve the mystery. They see how each council member lives and then we see what if each was the felon in an overdone and comic fashion that gives the actors two sides of themselves to display. The mystery is solved in a hilarious climax. Some of the characters from the author's popular Exit the Body reappear to add to the merriment.