Sixteen people are chosen to live in Sunset Towers which is own by Sam Westing.
Shortly after the residences move in Sam Westing dies and the residents of sunset Towers are called to a meeting. There they learn that they have been named as potential heirs in westings will. In order to wim the inheritance, they must solve the mystery of his death. They will split the residents into pairs, each of which receives four word clues.
As the Westing heirs rush to solve the mystery they begin to work together. In the process they discover the identity of Sunset Towers bookie, bomber, thief, and mistake.
They submit their guesses to westings lawyer. They are all correct so they pull their clues and discover that the missing letters of America the Beautiful spells out. Crow turns herself over to the police just as Sandy mysteriously drops dead. When the heirs review the strange events they realize that sandy was Westing himself.
Turtle leads the heirs in a review of Westings will in order to sort out its true meaning. During the review. Turtle alone realizes that Sandy is still alive and that the she needs to find Westings fourth identity.
Turtle identifies Julian Eastman, the chairman of Westings paper as Westings fourth identity. She wins the Westing empire. As the years progress, the residents of Sunset Towers pursue their dreams and find happiness.