Three generations of women, a mother, her daughter and her niece - all called Cissie Colpitts - experience dissatisfaction with their husbands and cause them to drown. The local coroner, an inveterate game player called Madgett, is drawn into a plot to disguise the murders. The story is paced by the numbers one to one hundred, which appear sequentially through the film.
Someone is juggling three balls in the background of one scene. It is near the end of the wedding party around the middle of the movie.