When famed French detective Clouseau goes missing while searching for the Pink Panther diamond, his bosses at the Surete decide they need a detective like him to find him. So they use a computer to select that person. They decide to let Chief Inspector Dreyfuss program the computer. But Dreyfuss, fearing the Clouseau return, decides to rig the computer to select the opposite. And after doing that, the computer chooses Clifton Sleigh from New York. And it turns out he is just as inept as Clouseau. When Dreyfuss meets him, he can't help but wonder if the two men are related. And just like Clouseau, he wants him dead. Sleigh sets out to find Clouseau but there are those who would like him not to find Clouseau so they try to take him out but like Clouseau manages to avoid getting harmed.