That's when I realized I had been hired to come in and take the blame for this failed project. After a few minutes, the owner opened the door and walked past me. I went into the project manager's office to ask a question but he was on the phone and I heard him say that the client was going to cancel the contract if there wasn't a final program in two weeks. He promised the owner the program would be done, which we all knew was impossible.
I quietly picked up my stuff, logged off my computer, and left the scene.
When I returned the PC they gave me, nobody would look at me. The program manager would not leave his office to talk to me. The HR rep tried to lecture me about how "unprofessional" I was for leaving the company high and dry. I said nothing, asked for two days' pay, and left. My old job took me back with open arms and I worked there until the company folded.
Lesson learned: If the documentation is not present and the code looks scary, run the other way.