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En route from India to Cairo, an airplane piloted by Doug Everett and carrying estranged husband and wife George and Tess Torrence, is forced to land in the Iraqi desert. George tries to radio Cairo but finds that the radio tubes are dead. Doug then suggests that they hike to a settlement about ten miles away, which he observed from the air. When they arrive, Doug recognizes the inhabitants as a sect of devil worshippers. They are about to leave in a panic when Sheik Ahmid Bel Nor, the leader of the town, arrives and invites them to dine with him. The trio are struck by the elegance surrounding the sheik, but they are quickly disillusioned when he informs them that they are to be sacrificed in exchange for his three brothers, who are about to be executed for espionage by the British. The sheik is charmed by Tess and offers to save her from sacrifice if she agrees to marry him, but she rejects his proposal. Although he is in love with Tess, Doug suggests that she keep the sheik occupied while he and George try to bribe Devins, the sheik's English butler, to send a message to Cairo. When the men realize that Devins did not send their message, they take the radio tubes from the sheik's radio and, together with Tess, escape from the settlement, intending to replace the defective tubes in the plane. The next morning, the sheik and his men follow the trio on horseback and arrive just as George is attempting to radio Cairo. During the ensuing gunfight, George is shot, and afterward Tess and Doug surrender. Before he dies, George lies to the sheik that he did not succeed in reaching Cairo. Back in town, Doug and Tess are about to be sacrificed when an air patrol flies overhead. One of the planes lands, and the crew bargains for Doug and Tess's freedom. After the other planes drop a few bombs nearby, the sheik agrees to let the couple go. Doug and Tess are now free to marry.