Eli Thornton runs the town's "Animal Theater" with exhibits of wildlife. Mr. Redgrave and Mr. Kirkson threaten to ruin him if he's not able to pay his debts. Thornton upgrades his theater with a wild cat and a genuine werewolf. The werewolf, however, is newspaper reporter Ed Baker. He was killed by Kirkson and Redgrave and framed as a werewolf, because he was about to expose them as frauds.