Steven Taylor je bogataš, poročen z veliko mlajšo Emily, a v njunem zakonu ni nobene topline. Steven si z denarjem lahko kupi vse, kar si poželi, razen ženine ljubezni in zvestobe. Emily dela kot prevajalka za Združene narode in moža vara z revnim slikarjem Davidom. Ko Steven izve za njuno afero, se sooči z Davidom in ga preseneti z mamljivim predlogom. Ponudi mu visoko denarno nagrado, če bo Emily ubil. Tako Steven naredi prvi korak do popolnega umora.
Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory. Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist who fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain.