After taking down the Yennai Corporation, Barnabas has earned a little break. On the way back to High Tortuga, however, he stops to answer a distress call. How long could it take after all? Barnabas is about to find out. In what should have been an open-and-shut murder case, questions begin to pile up fast: Who, exactly, was this Jotun Naval captain? Why was there a black-ops ship lurking nearby, ready to shoot down anyone who tried to approach? Barnabas has made a promise to a friend that hell unravel the murder, but the closer he gets, the more questions he has.