After delivering Mrs. Crave to her Honduran coffee plantation, Steve Knight is forced to crash land his plane on a beach. The plane was tampered with, he discovers, but more pressing are the Indians now shooting at him from the jungle. Peruvian Indians. That’s significant but I think Copp forgot to write why. Such a big deal is made about them being South American and such a mystery is made of their presence in Central America for half the book, and then that plot line is just dropped without a word.
Anyway, he’s rescued by Pedro Hennessey (he’s Hispanic-Irish), a beachcomber since the death of his uncle Alfredo and the seizure of his plantation, Mano del Diablo, by certain foreign interests. They’re Nazis. The book never, never says that, but their leader is named Von Rein and he’s a big fan of slave labor. Maybe Copp was afraid Hitler would sue for defamation if he did more than insinuate.
Anyway, Steve and Pedro meet up with a Romani gypsy (which are apparently common in the jungles of Honduras) named Venga Savricas and the three storm the compound, intent on rescuing Alfredo (who they now have reason to believe isn’t dead) and destroying whatever dastardly work is being carried out there by Von Rein. That’s done largely with a sledgehammer. They’ve got, like, a stealth fighter, a bomber, and a submarine, but yeah, sledgehammer.
Mrs. Crave was Von Rein in disguise, did I mention that?