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The friendly rivalry between newspaper reporter Torchy Blane and her pal, police lieutenant Steve McBride, escalates as the two investigate a death threat involving priceless jade tablets brought to the United States on behalf of Senator Baldwin by three adventurers. A note, written in Chinese characters, warns the trio of impending doom at midnight unless a ransom is paid for the tablets, which have been stolen. That night, Torchy joins Steve at the Adventurers Club, where he and his assistant, Gahagan, are guarding the threatened victims--Fitzhugh, Mr. Mansfield and Captain Condon. Once safely past midnight, they leave, but shortly afterward, Fitzhugh is machine-gunned in his car. A note found in the car warns that Mansfield will be the next to die, and despite every possible precaution, he smokes a poisoned cigarette and expires. Before the coroner arrives, Mansfield's body mysteriously vanishes. The next threat occurs when Dick Staunton, the fiancé of Baldwin's daughter Janet, is ordered by the mysterious menace to deliver the $250,000 ransom to the last buoy in New York harbor. Torchy, who has discovered that Fitzhugh's fingerprints and those of the body in the morgue do not match, joins Steve in a submarine as Dick rides out to pay the ransom. At the appointed rendezvous, Torchy and Steve surface in the submarine just in time to save Dick and prove that the murders were all part of a plot by the adventurers to extort money from Baldwin.