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One man has been guarding the existence of a parchment that contains clues to the location of Edward Teach's secret treasure trove on an Island in the Caribbean, said to be guarded by a macabre human spirit manifesting itself with a golden human skull. But the parchment is missing a vital code, to decipher the clues.

 

 

 

 

 

M O V I E :  S T O R Y - M A P  (SYNOPSIS)

 

 

PLOT SUMMARY: An earth tremor in Jamaica gains attention from Blue Shield and UNESCO, the agencies engaging John Storm to survey Port Royal, Jamaica, to investigate the archaeology of the sunken city as a potential World Heritage Site. John discovers an engraving lodged in a secret compartment, buried with the remains of Captain Henry Morgan's coffin, the pirate turned privateer, former Governor of Jamaica, who passed in 1688.

 

This news gets out (BBC Jill Bird - world service) and reaches England where Lord Huntington puts two and two together, realising that the engraving John Storm has found is likely the key to the parchment his family have been guarding since Blackbeard's death in 1718, 300 years earlier.

 

To complicate matters further, a cashiered US Navy Captain, William Gray, learns of these events, and joins Lord Huntington's party, introducing John Long and his cutthroats. One of the pirate party manages to board the Elizabeth Swann, while John and his crew are distracted, and steals one of their ID passes. The Hispaniola then heads to Skeleton (Golden Skull) Island, with clearance from the Brazilian Navy, but also putting out a watching brief to prevent others.

 

Using his new analysis and decrypting ability, John and Hal work out where the 'Hispaniola' is headed. Dodging the naval patrols of Cuba (US), Brazil and Mexico, John Storm manages to land on Skull Island, braving the curse, aiming to catch up with Huntington's band.

 

The mutinous pirates had not reckoned with the resourceful John Storm, or the artificially intelligent Elizabeth Swann.

 

 

 

PART I

 

SCENE 1. THE BATTLE OF OCRACOKE - North Carolina Historic flashback - 1718, 22nd November, a British naval taskforce led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard lay in wait for Edward Teach (Blackbeard), beheading the troublesome pirate after a long and bloody swordfight, including severval gunshots wounds by way of a torturous interrogation. As Blackbeard expires on the deck of the Adventure, he curses the English sailors and their kin, taking the secret of his treasure with him to the Devil.

 

SCENE 2. EARTHQUAKE JAMAICA - Present Day - An earthquake hits Port Royal, disturbing the sunken city. Underwater scenes of chaotic movement ripples, what is left of buildings rocking. A Palisadoes cemetery opening an entrance to Henry Morgan's mausoleum.

 

SCENE 3. BLUE SHIELD ENGLAND - England - Blue Shield, Newcastle University. John Storm is called to Jamaica urgently, requested by UNESCO, to catalogue the archaeological remains of the underwater city, using the Elizabeth Swann's ultra modern array of subsea survey sensors, worried that another quake threatens to wipe out all records. They plan to make the submerged city a UNEP World Heritage Site.

 

SCENE 4. HENRY MORGAN'S DEATH - Historic flashback - Henry Morgan musing taking of a prize ship as a pirate off coast of Venezuela and Panama, while he is working his sugar cane plantation in drunken condition, he has a heart attack. Cut to his funeral ceremony at Palisadoes cemetery, old Port Royal.

 

SCENE 5. SUNKEN CITY SURVEY - Caribbean Sea Present Day - The Swann's sensors scan the ocean bed, revealing what turns out to be the mausoleum and tomb containing remains of the former Governor of Jamaica. It is under threat of imminent and dangerous collapse.

 

SCENE 6. JUNE 1692 TSUNAMI - Jamaica Historic flashback - June 7th, an earthquake hits Port Royal, then a tsunami washes the pirate haven under the sea, covering Henry Morgan's mausoleum. Washing clean the sins of the wicked city.

 

SCENE 7. HENRY MORGAN'S COFFIN - Jamaica Present Day - John Storm investigates target underwater areas using an ROV, then dives the site, coming face to face with Sir Henry's macabre skeletal remains. Then discovering secret compartment in his coffin, and interesting wooden engraving.

 

PART II

 

SCENE 8. BBC Jill Bird - London. "The intrepid conservationist, Mr John Storm .." News of the archaeological find and condition of lost Henry Morgan, pirate's remains - saved. "And for those of you wondering, there was no treasure."


SCENE 9. Lord Huntington acquires funding from the British Geographical Society, with Royal Navy interest in the background, for an expedition to recover relics in the Caribbean, a shipwreck rich in archaeologically important artifacts. Though his secret agenda is to piggy back that operation in the search for Blackbeard's mythical hoard and the supposedly cursed Golden Skull. Huntington purchases an old Antarctic survey ship, renaming it 'Hispaniola'.

 

SCENE 10. William Gray helps John Long and his band of cut-throats to crew for Huntington, one the basis of purloined data from a UNESCO report on the wooden engraving. John Long poses as a cartographer, but proves to be a dab hand on the galley. He is elected ship's cook.

 

SCENE 11. Huntington contacts John Storm, asking for help with the supposed shipwreck survey - meet in the Caribbean. Asking for ES assistance as portable lab, appealing to Storm's general interest in such matters. At this stage John has no idea about the parchment Huntington has been keeping a secret, thinking he is cosher, as a BGS bigwig.

 

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Chapter 6 - Secret destination revealed to JS as Skeleton Island.
Chapter 9 - Cast off and across the Atlantic to Caribbean Sea, avoiding military
Chapter 10 - Satellite survey Island using latest technology. Pearl Cove; Ruby Mountains
Chapter 12 - Long takes shine to Dan.
Chapter 13 - Landing on the Island past military – cannibal rituals evident. 
Chapter 14 - Lord Hunt gets caught with secret map previously undisclosed
Chapter 15 - Traitor J Longstride contacts gang to tell secret destination, steals treasure map.
Chapter 16 - Sky News: Curse mythical golden skull. Green & Charley
Chapter 17 - The group set up base camp in old stockade on island.
Chapter 18 - Lonstride’s gang moor their vessel and sneak up on the treasure seekers 
Chapter 19 - Gang sabotage the Swan, disabling communications and drive - or so they think

Chapter 20 - Gang imprison Toffs group in stockade including the lad and his sister
Chapter 21 - Gang force Storm to decipher the treasure map, using hostage lever
Chapter 22 - Trek through jungle upriver into mountains to find the treasure - waste of time
Chapter 23 - False alarm as they find WW2 airplane wreckage and skeletons
Chapter 24 - Cave with Gold Skull is shrine, 2 pirates die horribly (Indiana Jones) but treasure is taken to pirates ship. JS escapes
Chapter 25 - Pirate guards get increasingly restless, injure girl, stockade barricade
Chapter 26 - At Stockade John Long saves the Dan from being murdered
Chapter 27 - JS is forced to makeshift repair to the Swan since Dan is also a captive
Chapter 28 - Storm does deal with Long in return for amnesty and Dan's release
Chapter 29 - Rescue of crew from remaining pirates, some die others escape island with Lord Hunt as hostage. Curse gets to pirates
Chapter 30 - Storm radios Green for US Navy support
Chapter 31 - Navy sinks pirate vessel, Lord Hunt and pirates rescued - with golden skull
Chapter 32 - Black beard’s treasure goes back to a watery grave
Chapter 33 - Honours from grateful Government and prize money
Chapter 34 - Gold Skull disappears in mysterious circumstances after handover
Chapter 35 - Thieves ship sinks in freak Bermuda weather with loss of hands and skull

 


 

John Storm and Elizabeth Swann get to Treasure (Skeleton) Island

 

 
 

 

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