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Danger on Deception Island Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished Danger on Deception Island yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main Danger on Deception Island page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

The setup and basic plot of this game is based on the 2000 Nancy Drew novel Whispers in the Fog. Nancy goes to Washington state to visit Katie, a friend of George, only to find that Katie's boat has been trashed by vandals. There is an orphaned orca in the vicinity that is raising strong opinions around town, and Katie has made enemies over it. As she investigates, Nancy learns that the orca is trained and a smuggling ring is using it to illegally recover goods from a sunken ship they do not have recovery rights for. With a little help from the orca herself, Nancy defeats the smugglers and saves the day. In the end, the killer whale joins a nearby pod of other orcas, which is a resolution that pleases all the island's inhabitants.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Katie Firestone: The marine biologist Nancy is visiting, whose boat was damaged by a vandal. She wants the orphaned orca to be taken to a research facility to be protected and studied. Later Nancy discovers that she has been illegally feeding the orca, just as Jenna suspected she was. Near the end of the game Katie is kidnapped by Andy, but Nancy rescues her. In the game epilogue, Katie and Holt make up and Katie starts supporting Holt's bid for harbormaster.

Andy Jason: Owner of a whale-watching company and a business rival of Katie's, Andy is actually the boss of a smuggling ring. He was the one who trashed Katie's boat, to keep her from stumbling across the smuggling operation; he is also the one responsible for the orca's presence, because it is in fact a trained whale being used by the smugglers to illegally recover goods from sunken ships. It was the smugglers who committed the local burglaries, against Andy's wishes (he didn't want to draw attention to their operation.) Near the end of the game Andy kidnaps Katie, then helps Nancy locate the smugglers' ship (presumably expecting that she will be captured as well.) In the end he is KO'd when Nancy gets the orca to throw a heavy metal tank at him.

Holt Scotto: A grumpy local fisherman running for harbormaster. He just wants the whale to go away, since he thinks it's interfering with his livelihood. Oddly, even though he completely disagrees with Jenna about the whale and would probably prefer if Katie took it to an aquarium, he still sides loudly against Katie. I guess his admitted addiction to Jenna's clam chowder is coloring his view of things. :-) Holt refuses to help Nancy find Katie when she has been kidnapped, but he does redeem himself a little by calling the Coast Guard and leading them out to the smugglers' ship to apprehend the rest of the bad guys after Nancy and the Orca take out Andy.

Jenna Deblin: An environmentalist cafe owner. She is very weird looking (her hair is sort of a lead-gray color even though she's supposed to be a young woman, and she has a strange orangeish tan.) I have a feeling she might be supposed to be Native American, even though her face doesn't look it, just because she is wearing a shirt with Northwest Coast Indian whale designs on it. She does not trust Katie and thinks the orca should be left alone to live its life as it chooses.

Minor Characters

Hilda Swenson: An interesting character, she is the eccentric former mayor who knows much more of what's happening on Deception Island than anybody thinks she does. She has important plot information for Nancy, but only over the phone-- she is never seen or directly interacted with.

Casey Porterfield, Irena Preduviciu: You need to call these characters on the telephone to learn plot information, but they are never seen on screen and are not suspects.

Bess, George, Frank, and Joe: As usual in Nancy Drew games, these characters have no subplots and exist only to chat with Nancy on the telephone and deliver hints if the player needs them.

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