A pair of 20-something friends from London, Kyle Connor and Paul "Budgie" Griffiths, are traveling the world looking for sun, fun, and adventure. Kyle even got himself a Maori-style tattoo (a mark that he designed himself), excited about their eventual destination: the Cook Islands. But when he arrives, the locals react with astonishment that he carries such sacred symbols upon his body. Then, when snorkeling in a lagoon, Kyle finds the body of a local girl, Aumea, tied up underwater -- dead. Returning to the lagoon with the police, Kyle finds her corpse has disappeared. But Kyle knows what he saw. Determined to uncover the truth behind the fate of this beautiful girl, Kyle is met by a conspiracy of silence from the Islanders who do not take kindly to foreigners making accusations.