Assisted by Dr. Shifflet, Dr. Owens performs an autopsy on a writer. The two extract his plot ideas, brainstorms, and unfinished drafts. The newcomer assumes that these cluttered and chaotic musings clogging up his brain must be what did him in. But the veteran Dr. Owens knows that this is par for the core with these creative types. The doctor soon discovers the cause of death. Pressing on his heart is the late novelist's magnum opus. The book is blank.