Schoolteacher Harry Barnes returns home from work and is told by a neighbor of a scream coming from his house a few moments earlier. Harry searches the house and realizes that his wife Jean is missing. But when Harry decides to take a shower he discovers a dying man and a pair of bloody scissors lying on the bathroom floor. Believing that his wife has killed the man in self-defense and ran away, Harry's dilemma is whether to call the police or dispose of the man's body and protect his wife. Believing in his wife's innocence, Harry decides to bury the stranger beneath the floorboards. But hiding a corpse is no easy task.