Produced in New York, this remarkable drama in which Charles Laughton created his first American sensation has to do with William Marble, a bank clerk, who, fearing his creditors, kills his nephew who has just arrived, a stranger in London. He buries the man in his garden. A prey to his conscience he spends the money that he has got through committing the crime. Through tragic circumstances and mishaps he brings tragedy to himself and his family. His wife having taken poison on discovering what he has done, dies.