A young man named JARED YOUNGERMAN awakens from a night of drinking to find he is tied to a chair in the middle of a deserted vacation cabin. He assumes it's a prank played on him by friends, but no one answers his calls and threats.

Soon, a weary-looking older man named SAM OLDERMAN enters the room. Jared assumes Sam is part of this unfunny prank. Ignoring Jared's pleading and cajoling, Sam goes about setting up a tray by Jared, laying newspaper over the tray and placing various tools on it. Jared furiously orders Sam to untie him or else; Sam responds by suddenly duct-taping Jared's mouth, grabbing a carpet knife off the tray, and severing two of Jared's fingers.

A cat-and-mouse game ensues with Sam leading Jared to think through various reasons he is in this situation, ranging from having crossed somebody to being the unfortunate random victim of a psycho killer. As the game continues, Jared is revealed not as an innocent victim in this bizarre game, but as a villain, responsible for murdering Sam's son David.

Sam intends to wreak terrible vengeance upon for a crime Jared committed...that is until ESTELLE, Sam's wife tracks him down, concerned that Sam was going to commit suicide. She did not expect to find Sam ready to commit murder and worse, in her eyes, becoming nothing better than Jared.

As Sam and Estelle argue about the moral right of taking vengeance into their own hands, little do they realize that someone has tracked Jared here, and is climbing through the bedroom window with a gun.

HAMMURABI'S CHAIR
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