Edward Gibson, a recent divorcee, must make alimony payments of $2000 every month. One day an artist arrives at his house and offers to sell him a portrait of his ex-wife for $2500. Edward throws him out, but keeps the painting. Later, a man by the name of Carl Seabrook arrives and tells Edward that he will marry his ex-wife if Edward gives him $5000. If Gloria is married, Edward will not have to pay alimony. Edward accepts the offer and pays Carl $3000 up front. Later that day, Edward heads over to his ex-wife's house. He wants to give her the painting as a wedding gift. At his ex-wife's, he discovers her dead of a heart attack. He later discovers that his ex-wife died earlier that morning and that Carl was with her at the time. After his ex-wife died Carl approached him with his offer. Cheated out of $3000, Edward angrily calls Carl only to discover that he has left town - to go on a first class honeymoon with a stunning new wife.