Synopsis: Cyrus Hatton crashes his car into a lamppost in front of his son, Billy. The Phantom Stranger appears and says that something more is going on here than the simple suicide it appears to be. He tells him the story of "The House of Strange Secrets" to illustrate his point.
Cyrus Hatton comes home alive, insisting that a totem pole in his living room has given him nine lives and expects to live close to a thousand years a as a result.
Later, Dr. Thirteen attempts to rescue Hatton when he jumps into a river, but is prevented form getting to him by a barge. Hatton's corpse is fished out by men on the barge, but Hatton still returns home, apparently having used another of her lives.
Dr. Thirteen is skeptical as usual, but it reminds him of another case in which a woman apparently believed she had lived a thousand years, which, needless to say, was not true.
Ultimately, it is revealed that Mr. Big had had Hatton hypnotized by Ramu-Guru to use cheap materials in his construction projects, and intends to use a stone obelisk made of these cheap materials in a park to crush him at its unveiling.
Phantom Stranger and Dr. Thirteen's intercession prevents Hatton's death, and the details of how Hatton's death had been twice faked are revealed.