Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a
successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell which has
resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes
occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at
a nearby college - a thriller Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. He
offers collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts.
Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish