The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor, Nazi Germany is marching through Russia, and two Hollywood lights are watching their stars dim. It's January 1942.
Bela Lugosi, the Hungarian actor who, years before, had chillingly introduced millions of Americans to the noble Count Dracula and is now struggling hard for a comeback, has just received his latest death threat, a hat box containing a small bat with a tiny stake impaled through the heart. Private eye Toby Peters, with no client on the books and a stomach that cries out for tacos and the occasional beer, agrees to give the job a try.
His business doubles in sound and fury when William Faulkner, the nation's most distinguished author gone Hollywood, is accused of firing three fatal bullets into the chest of a movie agent he hardly knew. If a connection exists between these wildly dissimilar cases, Peters will find it. The question is will it be in time?