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When the S.S. Southern Queen encountered a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean, a strange mystery was uncovered. For the lifeboat was marked Valparaiso I and the Valparaiso had been sunk by a Japanese submarine in January 1945, nearly a year earlier. Moreover, the Valparaiso had been carrying a million pounds' worth of gold bullion. There was a man in the lifeboat, but his memory had gone - or so he claimed. When he showed an unaccountable desire some years later to return to the Pacific, two other survivors from the Valparaiso decided to keep an eye on him, because a million pounds in gold bullion is worth anybody's time and, if necessary, more than a little violence.