It seems everyone in town knows more than he does. He’s lectured on coral reproduction by Czech scientist Karel, on the Wars of the Roses by English waitress Rose and on Catamaran construction by American playboys Don and Phil. Even Limey aircraft mechanic Brian is an expert on the region’s ecology.
Rose is also looking for a missing backpacker, her brother Tom. She and Marty join forces. With Brian’s assistance they locate Tom, who is involved in a people smuggling racket run by Ivan the Terrible.
Marty finds that very little is as it seems and there’s not a wave in sight. He gets physical with the Federal police and the Russian Mafia and both are looking to return the compliment.
Lenin and Stalin are an unexpected part of the action and Marty discovers a stash of illicit cash.
Eliminating Marty becomes top of the smugglers’ agenda but they don’t reckon on a giant lizard named Horatio.
Karel talks Marty into joining him for a night dive. The coral begins its annual spawning and the two divers are right amongst it. Karel finds a black box on the ocean floor and begins acting strangely. Marty sees what’s biting him and wins the race to the surface.
Next stop is a visit to the hyperbaric chamber on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, organized by Phil and Don who are also after the black box.
The people smuggling is a front for something more sinister but who is the mastermind?
At last Marty knows something nobody else does.