There's excitement at the Wetherby auction house. After Lady Richmond's sudden and unexpected death in the arms of her young lover Jacques Monetaire, the whole family has gathered to fight over the enormous inheritance. Unfortunately, the distinguished Lady Richmond did not leave a will, and her potential heirs cannot agree on how the collection of artworks, antiques, junk and trash should be divided up. The family lawyer and executor of the will, Mr. Harmsworth, has decided, for lack of a better option, to auction the individual items in the extensive collection to the heirs. But this is easier said than done. After all, the people who have come together in the Wetherby auction house are a pretty explosive group.