Eight distinct stories, through all of which runs the same sinister influence. Uvo Delavoye, descendant, not in direct line, of the infamous Lord Mulcaster, comes to live in one of the suburban villas erected on his ancestor's estate. Crimes and tragedies follow, which have their counterpart in Lord Mulcaster's career. Uvo believes that there is a malign influence at work, which in some mysterious way is transmitted by his presence. After he is convinced of this he goes away.