After an encounter on the ship with the man with the yellow Face, Dick is recovering from a bullet wound in his leg. Is the Yellow Face a criminal? He is only after the Black Pearl because of it’s religious meaning, and wants to return it. The archeologist, Dreyden Small seems to be the real crook, taking the pearl from it’s rightful owners.
The pearl is missing, but if it’s found, how can Dick get it back to Egypt safely? A luck ring is given to Dick for that purpose. Dick vows that he’ll find the black pearl, safeguard it, and return it.