Among the extravagant homes of the early Hollywood elite and the impossibly rich of Laurel Canyon rests a mansion with a sordid history: murder, fraud, mafia, ghosts, and séances.
What once stood as the pinnacle of decadence in Los Angeles during the Roaring Twenties is abandoned when the mansion’s owners mysteriously disappear soon after the death of their son in a fiery plane crash, leaving the house empty and falling into a greater state of disrepair as each year passes.
More than a decade later, Ted Nelson goes with his father to view the mansion, which could make them a quick fortune with its sale. From the moment Ted enters the grand structure, he senses something strange about the house. That feeling only intensifies after a swami is murdered there following a midnight séance.
An eccentric Texas millionaire ends up buying the mansion for his teenage bride. They restore the house to its former glory before a tragic accident is followed by a death.
Once again in possession of the mansion, Ted’s father moves his family there as he searches for a new buyer.
After years of odd sensations and stolen glimpses of something in the mansion, a ghostly figure wearing aviator’s garb finally appears.
In that moment, Ted’s life is propelled on a new course—one that involves a lifelong friendship with the unlikeliest of people.
After twenty years as a bond attorney at a prominent Los Angeles law firm, David Adams craves a more exciting life. He meets Stephanie Sanchez and is instantly intrigued; not only is she a looker, she’s also an environmental lawyer with a background in archaeology. Stephanie agrees to join him in his madcap search for the fabled Pearl Ship of the Mojave Desert. Legend says that a lost Spanish galleon filled with pearls went aground in an ancient lake that dried up to become the Imperial Valley sand dunes of Southern California.
In essence, Perry Mason has abandoned his structured life as an attorney for the thrilling escapades of Indiana Jones.
Several individuals are impacted by the search for buried treasure. Juan, a Mexican teen passing through the dunes to find work in the U.S., stumbles upon a skeletal hand clutching a fistful of pearls. Roberto and Ramon, a pair of gang members from Los Angeles, take to robbing illegal immigrants as they cross the border, where they encounter Juan and his strange pearls. When Jorge, the manager of a wrecking yard in Mexicali, hears their tale, he persuades them to kidnap Juan and force him to take them to the pearls’ secret location.
David and Stephanie set up their dig site and events soon spin out of control ...
A British man who’d just returned from vacationing in California reported to MS5 in London that a woman he met at the Venice Beach Skating Pavilion, with whom he’d had a romp, told him her uncle was plotting to overthrow the queen. Out of caution, although the threat seemed bazaar, Agent Elizabeth Simmons was sent to investigate. She’d been with MS5 so long as an uncover agent that she was being treated by a psychiatrist for a split personality syndrome: Liz the proper English lady, and Tess the not so proper undercover personality who wore short-shorts and a ring in nose. She went there and skated in the pavilion and worked out in a gym hoping to find the woman who said her uncle was plotting to overthrow the queen and find out if it the threat was serious. As a cover, she was sent to the UK’s embassy on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles not far from Venice Beach as a Spanish language interpreter where she was sexually harassed by one of its officers.
After Navy Seal Red Skyez’s left leg was shot off below his knee in an operation that had gone bad in Afghanistan, he returned to the California Mojave desert to an adobe house built by his father.. A spring provided water and a windmill pumped its water to a tower and charged its batteries for its lights, so it would cost him virtually nothing to live there.
After rehab and being fitted with a prosthesis and given a medical discharge from the Navy, he purchases a motorcycle and rides it form Los Angeles to his adobe. On the way, he stops at a bar in Red Mountain and gets into an altercation. Using his titanium prosthesis, and his Seal training, he subdues the drunken miners.
After dark he goes to his adobe and finds its lights are on and vehicles parked in front of it. He discovers squatters that are in it who are scientists and thought it was abandoned and were conducting suspended animation experiments for NASA using an Orangutan and a cave by it with the required constant tempter of 70 degrees for the experiments.
The beautiful woman scientist in charge tells him she will pay his motel bill if he will let them stay until they complete the experiment sow which he reluctantly agrees. Moving to a motel room in Ridgecrest he runs into old class mates from his high school days there, and falls in love with a waitress at restraint and gets a job managing a gym experiencing adventure, disappointment, success and happiness.
In 1952, First Lieutenant Jack Bradshaw, assigned to the Supreme Allied Commander, US General Mark Clark’s staff in Tokyo. Jack has a diplomatic pouch handcuffed to his left wrist and has been ordered to deliver it to the Chinese General Huai at the Panmonjom truce talks. While taking a train to Iwakuni, Jack meets CIA agent, Rhonda Fischer, and she assigns him an additional mission—to help beautiful Eurasian journalist, Janet Stillman to persuade her father to defect from North Korea. Janet happens to be the illegitimate daughter of Kim Hong No, an American educated MIT scientist in charge of North Korea’s atomic bomb development. Kim is also a technical adviser at upcoming truce talks.
Butch Cassidy robs a train of a Golden Buddha being sent from San Francisco to a museum in New York while going through Wyoming. After barricading the track with a tree trunk causing the train to stop he steals the statue and goes off with it n in a wagon. A storm comes along and the wagon tips over and the stature rolls down a ravine and becomes buried in the mud. He fails to recover it. He later goes to Bolivia where he is thought to have robbed a mining paymaster and was shot and killed by an army detachment, but his identity was never clearly established. When he returns to the United States he becomes aware of a mysterious black box rumored to have supernatural powers. He borrows this and with the help of one of the “Wild Bunch” and a mining engineer from Los Angeles goes looking for lost Golden Buddha.