Chun-ho and his wife Sun-hie wander Korea in search of a way to make a living under Japanese colonial occupation. They settle in a mining village where Sun-hie is forced to put up with her husband's gambling and beatings. Eventually he forces her to go to a loanshark so he can get enough money to run away with a prostitute.
A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of Pirate One-Eyed Willie.
Joan Wilder is thrust back into a world of murder, chases, foreign intrigue... and love. This time out she's duped by a duplicitous Arab dignitary who brings her to the Middle East, ostensibly to write a book about his life.