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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.
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!
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.
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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