After a run-in with local police in an African bazaar, Chris finds himself on the run, stranded in a foreign land without either money or a passport. In desperation, he elects to stow away on a freighter bound for Europe . Once aboard, he's soon discovered and finds himself caught up in a dangerous web of secrets and deceptions. Why are the ship's crew members vanishing without trace - and what exactly is in the hold? The vessel's brooding captain seems to have the answers, but the truth, Chris soon learns, may be more dangerous than ignorance.