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Matt Merriwether has built up a phony reputation as an intrepid explorer of darkest Africa by writing books based on the secret diaries of his uncle. Consequently, when an American moon capsule containing vital data crashes into an uncharted region inhabited by the savage Ekele tribe, Matt is assigned the task of recovering the capsule because of his supposed expert knowledge of the locale. Equipped with a do-it-yourself suicide kit and accompanied by an attractive security agent, Frederica Larsen, Matt arrives in Africa. Also on the scene are two foreign agents--Luba, a voluptuous blonde, and Dr. Ezra Mungo, her "missionary father"--who have orders to obtain the capsule at any cost. Overcome by Luba's charms, Matt invites her to join his safari, professedly searching for a rare elephant; and, though he has several nearly fatal accidents, he never suspects his companions. When they finally stumble into Ekele territory, they discover that the natives regard the capsule as a divine symbol dropped by the gods. After Matt has received a royal welcome in honor of his late uncle, Mungo and his henchman try to steal the capsule. But they are captured and prepared for that night's dinner, as Luba, who has fallen in love with Matt, joins him and his party in racing to the capsule. Reaching it, they take off and arrive safely in Florida.