Their pleasant days sailing is interrupted by something hitting the ship and breaking a small hole in her. Everyone flails around a bit, but Sinbad ties a rope around his waist and jumps in the water to see what they hit and how bad the damage is. Cook is horrified at the idea of someone leaving eh boat while they’re at sea, but Sinbad jumps in. Soon after, they see a shape in the water – and the rope is severed.
Sinbad is revived, on shore, by a beautiful blond woman wearing gauze and sequins who gives him CPR and takes him to her little beach house full of medicine to treat his wounds. She claims it was coral, he says it was a shark or a sea beast, but she says there are none in these waters. He is on the island of Rocheen Moore (her) and she’s the only one there.
On the ship, Cook finds it was a sharp point that was forced through the ships planks. Nala and Gunnar go to shore, since the current carried their boat to the island and they assumed it could have done the same to Sinbad – though Nala is disturbed since she saw the scaled tail when the rope was cut. They find Sinbad – and Rocheen.
Gunnar is affable enough, but Nala is cold to Rocheen (is that a spike of jealousy I’m seeing? Oh dear, do we have to play this game?) Nala encourages Sinbad to leave and Rocheen even agrees – but Sinbad is determined to stay. Nala confronts him, telling him Akbari will be following them and they need to move, but Sinbad complains about running and his curse and just wants to stop. Sinbad begs for just one night where he doesn’t have to worry. Nala and Gunnar return to the ship, with Nala warning him to be back by sunrise.
Unsurprisingly, Sinbad and Rocheen end up in bed (while there are shadowy figures on the beach). Rocheen asks about his ship mates (Sinbad’s descriptions of Nala are more than a little romantic). The next day, as dawn begins, Rocheen reminds he has to return to the shop, to Gunnar and Nala. But he can’t remember them and returns to sleep. Then his curse kicks in and he staggers from the house, unable to breath as his necklace tightens. Rocheen urges him to tell her a happy memory about his grandmother. He recounts a memory of her telling stories to him, but then adds that he broke her heart, causing Rocheen to stagger, breathing black smoke, demanding he only tell good memories not bad. But the curse stops, Sinbad can breath – but he can no longer remember his grandmother.
In the ship, Anwar and Cook examine the spike that was forced through the ship, but can’t identify it. Cook is wary and superstitious and warns them to stay away from the see. The next day when Sinbad doesn’t arrive, Rina is determined to go find him. But Nala says Sinbad has clearly made a choice and Gunnar protests that he knows his own mind – but so does Rina so he tells her to go find Sinbad.