They say that money is the root of all evil. Money makes people greedy and greedy people do devious things. The characters in this story may prove this allegation correct with the ruthless scheming that comes from the most unlikely sources. Hurry Hirschfeld (Ray Milland) is a crotchety but caring gold tycoon who owns the country's largest mine and falls victim to a cold-blooded plot. His granddaughter Terry Steyner (Susannah York) is married to the villain, Manfred Steyner (Bradford Dillman), who, in cahoots with Farrell (John Gielgud), a wealthy but unscrupulous entrepreneur, schemes to flood Hirschfeld's mine. Steyner's motivation for betraying his wife's grandfather is so he and Farrell can manipulate international gold prices in order to flood their own pockets with wealth. Had mine manager Rod Slater (Roger Moore) not stumbled across the loathsome plot, the greedy men's nearly flawless scheme just might have worked.