Mr. Duerst is an art collector. Giving a party at his mansion in San Sebastian, California, he sent an invite to Louis Armstrong. Somehow Aram Anna Padda, also called Armstrong , got the invitation and took actor Errol Flynn with him. Duerst met Armstrong and learned of the priceless art collection Armstrong had gathered over the years. He tried to kill Armstrong to make it look like a robbery, but Armstrong and Flynn defeated the robbers. Since then, he was an enemy of Armstrong.
Half a century later, Duerst is an old man, permanently hooked up to a dialysis machine to keep him alive. The Sect had promised him an increased life span and the death of Armstrong. But frail of body and in charge of killing Armstrong wasn't what he had in mind.