In the sequel to Down in the Dumps, Polly finds herself touring as set and puppet designer for a small rural theatre company. When the stage manager mysteriously fails to appear for the first rehearsal, Polly has to step in and do the job. The full-time employment is welcome, but the work is hell. Dealing with a cast of viciously feuding actors, a mysterious practical joker whose tricks are decidedly gruesome, and a deepening conviction that the stage manager has been murdered, Polly finds her new job more than a little stressful. Where's the stage manager's body? Is somebody really out to get the star of the show? Will the show open with all of the cast still breathing? The local police won't show an interest, so the intrepid Polly investigates alone, unwittingly carrying out the murderer's master plan, which almost ends in curtains for everybody.