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While the 1st threats look they're assumed to be a hoax. but if one hundred twenty individuals are threatened with demise, and just a couple of dwell simply because they pay the ransom, whereas the others die from typical motives or injuries then it's no hoax.
Lucifer, a paranoid younger guy, believes that he's devil and has a notable psychic skill to foretell loss of life by means of traditional reasons. Lucifer's skill is utilized by Seff's gang to extract ransom from their wealthy sufferers. Seff selects the sufferers and warns them in their drawing close demise, any who doesn't pay the ransom likely dies from usual factors, helped on their manner by means of Seff's executioner, Jack Wish.
By what capability are the sufferers being killed? How is the ransom cash being accumulated with no hint from lower than the sea?
Modesty's pal, Steve Collier, the well known psychic researcher, is abducted to aid Seff and he unintentionally blows Modesty's conceal as she investigates this secret. Taken prisoner Modesty and her devoted lieutenant, Willie Garvin, needs to break out Seff's island stronghold.

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