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Ann and Henry, a young English couple, facing an impossible love affair, find they cannot live without each other. They board an ocean liner through a dense fog, where they encounter Tom Prior, a prodigal son; his mother, Mrs. Midget, whose identity the son does not know; Mrs. Cliveden-Banks, an affected socialite; a clergyman who is keen about his missionary work in the London slums; Mr. Lingley, a captain of industry; and the steward, Scrubby. Gradually, Tom realizes that the passengers are unaware of their destinations with the exception of the lovers, and that they are all "half-way" persons who have committed suicide. Arriving at their destination, they are all judged by the Examiner. On the return voyage, Henry is saved from asphyxiation by his dog breaking a window pane; he returns to the phantom ship long enough to retrieve Ann, and together they are rescued by an ambulance.