"A video on You Tube shot from a fishing vessel shows men in the sea brutally gunned down and the crew celebrating. Karsten von Hoesslin is a PI. His beat: the lawless oceans. Hunting the killers will take him around the world, to confront pirates, people traffickers and drug smugglers. But in Taiwan his investigation gets off to a rocky start. In Fiji he encounters a web of mystery. And Karsten begins to wonder where this case is heading."
The investigation has a major breakthrough where a second video of the killings is discovered. In the Philippines Karsten meets a former fisherman who escaped slave-like conditions and in Bangladesh we expose the dark world of migrant smuggling, meeting a human trafficker and recruiter. A father tells a harrowing story about his 15 year old son who paid traffickers to take him to Thailand and whose fate remains unknown.
"In the Philippines, the investigation hots up as Karsten tracks down more witnesses and discovers that another ship was involved. Searching for a motive he heads to the Seychelles and encounters the dark side of a multi-million dollar racket with a global reach: illegal fishing. But then an unexpected clue leads him in a new direction. Could the killings have been drug related?"
"In Kenya, Karsten investigates a possible link between an international drug trafficking network and the killings in the video. He goes deep into drug gang territory and talks to dealers and smugglers. Meanwhile a Pakistani heroin trafficker shows how he customizes dhows with secret traps. In the city of Mombasa, Karsten reaches out to local contacts in a bid to unmask the identity of the man who commanded of the shooter ship: Captain Hoodlum."
A shocking video shows four men, clinging to wreckage in the sea. Shots ring out. The men are brutally killed - one by one.On the trail of the killers, maritime PI Karsten von Hoesslin dives into the murky depths of the lawless oceans and encounters drug smuggling, people trafficking, illegal fishing and piracy. The high seas are beyond the reach of the law and bandits roam free. If you want to get away with murder, this is the place to do it.
With the end in sight, Karsten makes one last push to obtain further evidence to present to the authorities. He encounters incredible allegations about the sinking of the Ping Shin 101, but well-placed informants advise him against digging any further. Could there be greater, more dangerous powers at play? And will the authorities take him seriously?