On August 6, 1897, the merchant ship Demeter washes ashore in England. Among the wreckage found by the police is a captain’s log. Four weeks earlier, the Demeter makes port in Varna, Bulgaria, picking up cargo for transportation to London. The shipment, consisting of multiple large wooden crates, is transported by locals from Romania, who refuse to help load it because they wish to leave the area before sunset, wishing the crew good luck.
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