Honolulu detective Charlie Chan investigates the death of a Hollywood actress. With many suspects, including the professional psychic Tarneverro (Bela Lugosi), Charlie has his work cut out for him. Warner Oland stars as Chan in Oland's second outing as the detective. Included in the cast is a young Robert Young in his first credited role. An uncredited and pre-Renfrew Dwight Frye as Jessop appears for the first time in a film with Lugosi, prefiguring their collaboration later that year in Dracula.