Carrying a peculiar container strapped to his belt, a man travels to New York City from the wild mining territory of Arizona. Just before he can deliver the strange piece to the recipient, he is struck down by two thugs. A succession of people take possession of the strange cylinder, and each suffers unexpected repercussions. Is it truly the Casket of Ill Omen? Joe Phenix is unexpectedly embroiled in the case and has to chase the mysterious casket and it's contents to an explosive conclusion.