Luke Sampson had the ""image of a son of a bitch,"" an image that he mysteriously requests private eye Parker Rowe to polish hours before it's too late. With Sampson dead, Parker's investigation uproots the Baker family Sampson had married into to start his fortune. This family hosts, among others, a nymphomanic grandmother still in operation, a previous killer, an alcoholic and some shrubbish offshoots of insanity. And then there's the lovely sculptress who might be a bastard chip off the old block. But this Image Killer is strictly deadwood.