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Discontented middle-aged Scarsdale banker Arthur Hamilton is contacted by Charlie, a friend believed dead, and persuaded to submit to radical plastic surgery performed by a mysterious company. Transformed into a much younger man, he is relocated in California and given the identity of Antiochus Wilson, an established painter. Although he falls in love with the uninhibited Nora Marcus, Arthur quickly discovers that she is a company employee and his new friends mutants like himself. Disgusted, he returns to his Scarsdale home. He is, however, so altered that his wife does not recognize him. Unable to adjust to his new life, Arthur asks the company to restore him to his former self. When Arthur cannot refer another client to the organization, he is bound to a stretcher, gagged, given last rites by a nondenominational clergyman, and wheeled into an operating room to be murdered.