Caterer Faith Fairchild has come to know the Massachusetts village of Aleford region well, but isn't familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave. Then the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party. Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane is celebrating his seventieth birthday. As they discuss the event, Faith's client makes a confession: he hired Faith for her sleuthing ability. He believes one of the guests wants to kill him. he only clue is a gift received the week before: an empty casket containing a 20-year-old Playbill from Max's only failed, production, Heaven or Hell.