The rather unattractive events that follow Willy Grier's finding a murdered man have their impetus in his withdrawal from the world, his phobia against money and the traumatic shock that arrested his development earlier in his teens. He is unable to refuse Lena's request that he supply the identification for the dead man; he fights for her against Danny and his plug-uglies; he fuzzily decides to use his inheritance to buy her from Danny -- and ends up in one brutal contretemps after another. Beaten, suffering several heart attacks, Willy keeps going, sure that if he offers enough money, Danny will turn Lena over to him -- and she will want to come. Viciously spurned and derided, he finally cries off. A 30 year old border line mental case does not seem the best taste for rough doings in Indiana.