Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on Dartmoor, with his face contorted in terror and the footprints of a huge dog near his body. On arrival in England, Sir Charles's American heir, now Sir Henry Baskerville, engages Holmes to come to Devon and get to the bottom of the age-old legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles - a phantom which kills.
From the outset, Holmes is convinced there is a human murderer at work and he lays a deep plan to foil him.
A Russian physicist attending a international disarmament conference in Geneva wants to defect to the United States.
Simon becomes involved with Nazis in England.