The Mastice brothers, Tony and Larry, have come home to join their sister, Patsie, for the funeral of their mother. After the service they are joined by their mother's sister, Aunt Tillie, and by their long-time family physician, Dr. Carillo, who attended their mother in her final illness. At first the mood is one of warm memories, tempered by "family jokes" and the recollection of childhood antics, but after Dr. Carillo leaves the atmosphere grows tense as Patsie reveals her conviction that their mother died through the doctor's neglect. Incredulous at first, the brothers' doubts gradually give way as Patsie ties the doctor's action to the evil power of their estranged father, a Mafia underlord who abandoned the family many years before. In a gripping scene the brothers wring the truth from Dr. Carillo, and then face the awful dilemma of how to punish the one who is directly responsible for the tragedy—their father. Goaded by the revengeful Patsie they reluctantly take the final, fatal step, avenging their mother, but also shattering their peace of mind for the years to come.