On a ketch, sailing the western seas, near an island of black pearls, a man waits who would like to take your life.
Once safely past a break in a barrier reef, it closes behind, like door slamming shut and trapping you on the island. The crew of the boat want to hide the fact of the black pearls they’ve just taken onboard. Not to mention a few other secrets of their past. How much danger could they be in with this solitary man in an outrigger canoe? Their host is extremely gracious and extravagant in sheltering the sailors. Both sides are postureing, keeping secrets, and playing their cards close to the vest.
With this isolated island refuge, with its little mysteries, this isn’t going to be one of those stories where the traveller enters, then can never leave is it? What can be so important to keep hidden away? What kind of torture awaits those who try? Which side will have their way and win out over the other? When it comes down to it, neither the sailors or the old man are very nice characters. It’s a toss up between the lesser of two evils. But let’s just say it may be better to be evil and free, than evil and imprisoned.