Late one fog-shrouded evening, Dirk Hammond, an ex-magician of great talent who is now working as a private detective, is called to the mansion of Baron Vladimir Cardula. A series of grisly murders are sweeping the city of San Francisco and the baron, fearful that he is slated to be the next victim, asks Dirk to enter the investigation. |
Sensing the play of dark powers beyond his abilities to cope, Dirk hesitates, but the lure of $50,000 and the baron's fiery daughter, Talia, finally convince him to take the case.
The corpse-littered trail leads Hammond to a diabolical cult indulging in human sacrifice, a beautiful assistant district attorney with secrets of her own, a clandestine organization of blood-thirsty vampires, and a group of wealthy businessmen with their own ideas about how to save the world from itself.
In a startling finale, Dirk confronts the murderer in a form he least expected and is forced to call upon all his magical powers to prevail. A final horrifying surprise awaits him, however, when he meets the Devil himself and is introduced to the real meaning and significance of evil.