In 1883, ship captain Hanson plans a shipwreck salvage mission in The Dutch East Indies to retrieve a cargo of pearls but an unexpected volcano eruption and a state-ordered transport of convicts upset his plans.
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Lymphatic captain Maximilian Schell is looking for missing underwater pearls, the son of his mistress and a way to stay alive while the Krakatoa volcano is about to erupt. The screenwriters pay homage to Jules Verne by integrating a hot-air balloon and a bathyscaph in the plot. There's also a tsunami and Japanese bikini divers. Already forgotten.