In 1801, a typhoon drives the good ship DOUBTFUL into the nearest island harbor. The Spanish magistrate asks for and receives help. The ships crew feeds the hungry and buries the dead. Raymond Cole explores the island and its Chamorro customs.An accident drops Raymond into an underground cavern world where sharks control the ocean water and birds control the air. Luana, Matriarch leader of the cavern Chamorro tribe, gives Raymond and his new bride permission to leave the cavern IF they can kill all the birds and find a pathway to the sun world.