Wolfe is hired by a man to find his son whom he hasn't seen in 7 years since they had a falling out. He thinks his son is in New York. Wolfe upon seeing his photo and the photo of a man in the newspaper he thinks it's the man's son. And it seems the son is currently on trial for murder, for supposedly killing the abusive husband of a woman he knows. Wolfe then sets out to find out if he is guilty and if not who is the killer.
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At the end, Inspector Cramer takes the murderer into custody and departs, but he leaves behind the evidence which Wolfe had uncovered and used to establish guilt. See more