At a carnival sideshow a farmer named Charlie Hill buys a strange jar which he takes home. His young wife, Thedy Sue, is frightened by the Jar and insists that he throw it out. He refuses to part with the jar because it has brought him notoriety and respect in the community. People come from miles to gather in his parlor and look at the jar and the obscure contents which represent something different to each of them. Thedy arranges for a local boy, Tom, to steal the jar. When he fails, she opens it and destroys its contents. Charlie kills her and reinstalls the jar in his parlor. This time everyone sees the same thing: his wife's severed head stuffed inside.