When he boards the M.S. Orion, 13-year-old Simon Renier has no idea what the journey to Venezuela holds. When a cousin and traveling companion is murdered en route, his original plan is sidetracked. Will he ever return the soon-to-be-stolen family heirloom — a portrait of Simon Bolivar — to its rightful place? Will they solve the mystery before the murderer and thief escape into the jungle?