Satik Bay in South East Asia. An old freighter, the Habina, 400 feet long, has been anchored here for several weeks.
On board, a cosmopolitan crew under the orders of Captain Buck and his second-in-command, Maxim, desperately await news from the shipowner.
Heat and monsoon... the men become bored.
Despite their captain's orders, the sailors bring women aboard. But, unknown to them, some of these women are bait that will allow pirates to storm the ship.
During a bloody battle with the pirates, Maxim is grievously wounded.
Confined on board by corrupt police, the men begin their descent into darkness, unaware that a woman has remained hidden in the hold.