Four years ago Jocelyn, the first wife of Mark Halliday, mysteriously disappeared. Mark has since remarried. One day, he discovers a painting of a woman that looks exactly like his vanished former wife. He traces the painting to a man named Arthur Clymer, who claims that Jocelyn posed for him and that she is still alive. Mark says that he is wrong. He confesses to having murdered his wife. This, however, is exactly what Clymer and Jocelyn's still-grieving brother wanted to hear. They created this scheme to get Mark to confess and send him to prison.