Thirteen-year-old Simon Renier has no idea when he boards the M.S. Orion
with his cousin Forsyth Phair that the journey will take him not only to Venezuela, but into his past as well. His original plan — to return a family heirloom, a portrait of Simon Bolivar, to its rightful place — is sidetracked when cousin Forsyth is found murdered. Then, when the portrait is stolen, all passengers and crew become suspect.