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A priest at the Temple of the Moon in Delhi delivers a curse upon the diamond in the eye of the Temple's Buddha that will follow anyone bearing the stone if it is stolen. When Englishman John Herncastle steals the diamond, the three priests guarding it are stripped of their caste until it is returned. They pursue Herncastle to London, where the Englishman drowns in his bathtub. The jewel, having been willed to his niece, Rachel Verinder, is entrusted to Herncastle's executor, Franklin Blake, who loves Rachel. After it is stolen from Rachel's jewel case, her maid, who loves Franklin, commits suicide and leaves a note accusing Franklin of the theft, which causes a quarrel between Rachel and Franklin. While the Indian priests torment Franklin and Rachel using opiates, blow-guns and poison, Franklin finds the jewel with a money lender. A doctor discovers that Franklin took the jewel while sleepwalking. His friend, Godfrey White, then stole it and died. Franklin and Rachel are reunited, and the priests return the stone to the Buddha's eye.
The novel served as the basis for the 1934 film produced by Monogram Pictures Corp. also entitled The Moonstone. T. S. Eliot wrote about the novel that it was "the first and greatest of English detective novels." Some scenes in the film were shot on the estate of a millionaire living near New York.