Real Name: Henry Walton Jones Junior
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Archaeology professor
former soldier, spy, stage hand, stunt man
Affiliations: Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir; Marcus Brody; Remy Baudoin, Jock Lindsay, Short Round, Captain Simon Katanga, Wilhelmina 'Willie' Scott, Wu Han
Enemies: Rene Belloq, Lao Che, Walter Donovan, Mola Ram
Known Relatives: Henry Jones Sr. (father), Anna Jones (mother, deceased), Deirdrie Campbell (wife, deceased), Grace Brady (paternal aunt), Frank Brady (cousin), Marion Ravenwood Williams Jones (wife), Henry "Mutt" Jones III (Mutt Williams, son), unidentified daughter, Caroline, "Spike," Lucy (grandchildren via daughter), Annie, Harry (great-grandchildren)
Aliases: Indy, Henri Defense
Base of Operations: Active worldwide, but based in Princeton
First Appearance: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Other Appearances: Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
Powers/Abilities: Skilled with pistol, exceptionally skilled with a whip. Above average agility, way above average endurance. Speaks dozens of languages fluently.
History: "I don't know. I'm making this up as I go."
Indiana Jones is an archaeologist and adventurer who travelled the world and encountered a gamut of deadly enemies, from German spies in World War I to vampires to Chicago gangsters to ancient druid cults to South American tribes with psychic powers to Thugee cults to Nazis. Known for his skill with a whip and his indomitable attitude that kept him going when others would have rolled over and died, he has become one of the heroic icons of the 20th century.
Thanks to the ongoing series of novels and books based on this character he has one of the most detailed histories of any fictional individual. We know much of his life, down to the month in which pivotal event happened to him in most cases.
Throughout his adventures, Indy has made several life-long friends. His patron and his father's good friend Marcus Brody is curator of an archaeological museum in New York City and a frequent visitor when Indy is teaching in the Northeastern United States. Sallah, Indy's Egyptian friend, has been a great help during Indy's Middle Eastern exploits. While Abner Ravenwood was a good friend of Indy's during his college years, the two never resolved their differences over Ravenwood's daughter, and did not speak in the years leading up to Ravenwood's death. During his youth while he served in the First World War his closest friend was Remy Baudoin.
Henry Jones, Jr., nicknamed "Indiana," was born on July 1, 1899, the son of Henry and Anna Jones. During his early years, he traveled with his parents and Miss Helen Seymour, his tutor on his father's lecture tours through Europe, Asia and Africa. During these travels, he learned a great deal about different countries and cultures, and gained a fondness for adventures abroad.
In May of 1908 Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. is told that he will be accompanying his parents on a two year trip to different countries as his father, the professor of Medieval Studies at Princeton, has been invited to give lectures at various schools and universities around the world. After crossing the Atlantic by steamship the Joneses arrive in England and go to Oxford where Professor Jones went to school. There young Henry is introduced to Miss Helen Seymour, who was his father's tutor and has now been hired to accompany them on their trip to tutor Indy. The two take an instant disliking to each other. On the steamship voyage to Egypt, Miss Seymour works Henry hard. The boy has a chance to show off his knowledge during a dinner at the captain's table be describing, in graphic detail, the process ancient Egyptians used to mummify their deceased. This doesn't go over too well with the other dinner guests who, one by one, ask to be excused. Upon arrival in Cairo, Professor Jones immediately begins to lecture at the university while Henry is left "to the tender mercies of the wicked witch," Miss Seymour. One afternoon, Miss Seymour decides to take Henry to see the pyramids and the Sphinx. While climbing one of the smaller pyramids, the two are stranded by their guide who is irate from an argument he had with Miss Seymour over payment for the trip. Just when the two are beginning to despair about getting back to Cairo, they spot a figure bicycling towards them. It is none other than T.E. "Ned" Lawrence (later to become known as Lawrence of Arabia during World War I), who happens to be a former student of Miss Seymour. They build a campfire and during the course of a discussion about religion and death, Lawrence scares Indy with stories of mummies coming back to life to kill grave robbers. He then invites the two to join him the next day on a trip up to the Valley of the Kings, where a friend, Howard Carter (the archeologist who would eventually open the tomb of King Tutankhamen) is working on a dig. Henry responds that he'll need permission from his father. Professor Jones gives his son permission as well as a journal to keep on his travels. Henry, Ned and Miss Seymour arrive at the dig site just as a new tomb is discovered. Howard Carter believes it to be the resting place of an Egyptian named Ka who was either an engineer or an architect. They also find evidence of King Tutankhamen's tomb, which Carter believes exists somewhere nearby. Carter, Ned, Henry and Miss Seymour enter the tomb to find it completely scorched. Carter suspects tomb robbers, though the mummy of Ka is intact. Carter believes that the artifacts are in another hidden chamber, which they soon find. They are forced to retreat from the tomb, though, due to poisonous gas. Carter posts Rashid to guard the tomb until morning. The next day, Rashid is found dead in the tomb, hit over the head and partly burned. The mummy is also missing. The death was made to look like the mummy's curse and most of the superstitious natives flee the dig. That evening Ned confesses to Henry that he made up the stories about mummies and apologizes. Later in the evening, Ned, Henry and Miss Seymour go back to the tomb and discover that something is missing - a gold headpiece in the shape of a jackal. Early the next morning, Henry is awakened by Ned who wants to search the expedition photographer, Pierre's tent. Henry keeps an eye on Pierre, following him down to the tomb. Henry finds the mummy and Ned discovers evidence implicating Dimitrios, the expedition's demolition expert, as the thief and murderer. Ned races to Cairo to try and catch him, but is too late. Dimitrios has escaped with the gold jackal (but see comments). Disappointed, Henry and Miss Seymour rejoin his parents and continue on their trip.
Indy and his family travel to Florence, Italy where they are staying with Professor and Senora Reale. They attend an opera written and conducted by Giacomo Puccini. Indy's mother is extremely moved by the love story of the opera and the beauty of the singing. Even Indy enjoys it and begins to wonder if love can be as powerful as it was portrayed in the opera. After the show, Indy and his father visit Puccini backstage who is resting with a towel over his face. Senora Reale asks Puccini if he will attend her dinner party, but he says he is too tired. However, when Puccini is introduced to Indy's mother, he is immediately taken by her beauty and says he would be honored to attend. At the party, Indy asks Puccini how he wrote the opera. Puccini tells him he did it one note after the other. Indy tells him that his mother enjoyed it so much that she cried. Puccini says that this means that she understands great love. Indy tells Puccini that they will be staying in Florence for a week while his father goes to Rome to give a lecture. Indy tells him he will be studying the laws of physics, specifically the laws of attraction. He says that tomorrow he will be going to Pisa to do an experiment just like Galileo. Puccini offers to escort them to Pisa as he grew up near there. The next day, Indy's father leaves for Rome, while Indy continues his studies of Physics with Miss Seymour. Puccini arrives a short while later and drives them to Pisa. Indy admires his motorized car and Puccini tells him that Leonardo DaVinci was the first to invent the self-propelled car, not Henry Ford. Indy and Miss Seymour climb to the top of the leaning tower of Pisa with two irons, one heavier than the other. Miss Seymour asks him which will hit the ground first if they were to drop them both at the same time. Indy replies that the heavier one would. Miss Seymour tells him that that is what Aristotle thought, but Galileo believed they would both hit the ground at the same time due to the fact that they have the same density. Indy proves this by dropping the weights which do indeed hit at the same time. Puccini asks Indy's mother about her life. He tells her about how he came to realize that he was destined to write operas about love and beauty. He tells her, however, that an artist can only create the approximation of beauty, never the real thing. He goes on to tell her about the problems he has with his marriage. That night Indy's mother receives a large bouquet of flowers from Puccini. She writes a letter to her husband and has it mailed. A few days later, they attend a rehearsal of Puccini's new opera, Madame Butterfly, and witness an argument between Puccini and one of the singers. Puccini tells them that a singer alone cannot portray his emotions; he needs an actress also. Puccini gives Indy's mother a piece of the sheet music from the opera signed, "To Senora Jones, who feels the music." He then offers to show them around Florence tomorrow. That night Indy's mother explains to him how music is a special language that can convey a wide range of emotions. The next day, Indy's mother is enjoying the guided tour of Florence. While alone, Puccini confesses to Indy's mother that he feels that they are connected and should be together, however, she tells him that she is married and no matter what her feelings are for him, they must speak no further of it. She asks him to take them back to the house. The following day at breakfast, Indy asks his mother what is bothering her. She seems upset that she hasn't received a reply from his father in the mail. Indy tells her that he'll be back the following night. They decide to go sight seeing on their own that day, however, Puccini tracks them down. Miss Seymour steers Indy away from them so his mother and Puccini can speak in private. Puccini apologizes to her, but says he could not stay away. He says he wants to work with her in his sight because she has revitalized his passion. She is extremely distraught over the feelings she has for him and asks to be left alone. Indy interrupts them as he realizes something is going on. Puccini asks her to meet him in the Botany Gardens that evening. She refuses, but he says he will wait until she comes. That evening, Indy's mother leaves him and Miss Seymour to take a walk. She meets Puccini in the garden and they kiss passionately. They spend the evening walking together throughout Florence. They arrive back at the opera house where Puccini's play is opening. The play is a success and he walks her back to the house. Miss Seymour spots them from her window as they kiss. Miss Seymour confronts her when she comes inside and asks if she is still planning on leaving Florence for Paris when Professor Jones returns. She says yes, but is obviously still considering staying. The next day, Indy and Miss Seymour are visiting the science museum while his mother goes shopping. Indy says that he has noticed that his mother has been acting strange which she doesn't seem to do when his father is around. He wishes that his father had written his mother a letter. Looking through a telescope at the street below he spots his mother having lunch with Puccini. Puccini asks Anna to come away with him. She says it is too fast, but he tells her that the train leaves at midnight. She runs from him in confusion. That night Indy asks his mother about her "shopping" earlier that day and asks if she saw Puccini. She says she ran into him while shopping. Indy goes to bed and Anna begins crying. Miss Seymour tries to comfort her, but she says how confused she is concerning Puccini. She tells Miss Seymour that Puccini wants her to go away with him as Indy listens at the door to his room. She tells Miss Seymour that she does love him, but Miss Seymour warns her that passion always burns brightest at first and that Puccini had no right to ask her to give up everything for him. Anna admits that she does still love her father and doesn't want to think of leaving him or Indy, but she is electrified when she is with Puccini. That night Anna goes to the train station and walks past Puccini to greet her husband. She tells him how much she has missed him and tells him she wants to always stay together. Puccini walks away heartbroken.
In September they visit Paris. Miss Seymour is showing Indy around "The City of Art." While in the Louvre, they meet another boy, young fourteen-year-old Norman Rockwell. They look at some paintings by Edgar Degas, but Indy is unimpressed with impressionism. Afterwards, Miss Seymour takes the boys to a puppet show which neither of them appreciate. They manage to convince her to let them stay for another show while she goes back to the hotel to write letters. They promise to be back in one hour. Instead, Norman promises to take Indy to where the real artists hang out. They go to a rather disreputable-looking tavern where many artist including Degas, Pablo Picasso and George Braque are currently having a heated discussion about cubism. Degas is critiquing the work of Picasso. He doesn't like Picasso's work and calls it destructive. Picasso says that artists need a new way of seeing things. Degas warns Picasso not pursue this new line of work as it could ruin his career. Picasso scoffs at the warning, saying he can do what Degas does in his sleep. Norman leaps to defend Degas, saying that no one can paint like him. Picasso invites Norman and Indy to his apartment to watch him prove his claim. There, Picasso poses his model and works in pastel. As he works, he explains to the boys Degas' technique. When he's finished, he tosses it aside and will now do the painting the way Degas does it - from memory. Picasso's assistant shows Norman some of Picasso's early experiments with cubism. Norman sketches some of it in his notebook. Even though the assistant rendered some of the paintings, he says that it is the painting and not the painter that is important. Picasso has finished the painting and it indeed looks like a work of Degas'. Picasso sees the sketch in Norman's notebook and signs it. They decide to go somewhere and get something to eat. Meanwhile, Miss Seymour is frantic wondering where Indy is. She calls the police, but has little confidence in the police inspector she deals with. Along their way to a restaurant, Picasso invites along a couple of prostitutes. Indy thinks that he should be heading back to the hotel, but Norman convinces him to stay. Picasso has the two prostitutes dance with Norman and Indy while he tries to devise a way to get Degas to sign his painting. A little later, the prostitutes' pimps shows up and confront Picasso. A fight breaks out, but Picasso, his assistant, Indy and Norman manage to make it out. Later, Picasso is helping Indy with a paper on DaVinci that he has to write for Miss Seymour. They also talk about his new style and how Picasso is trying to give spirit some form. Before they part for the night, Picasso invites them to a party the next evening. As Indy and Norman walk back to the hotel, they are accosted by the same two pimps, who chase them into a graveyard. They manage to frighten them off by using an old sheet and a skull to make a "ghost." Back at the hotel, Indy sneaks past Miss Seymour and hides in the large wardrobe closet. The next morning, Miss Seymour finds him there. Indy tells her that he was there the whole time working on his paper and must have fallen asleep, but Miss Seymour is suspicious. The next night, Miss Seymour goes to bed, but locks Indy in his room. He climbs out the window and is almost killed when the gutter he is hanging on gives way. He makes it safely the rest of the way down and catches up to Norman outside the party. They go inside to find that everyone is wearing costumes. There, they meet Kent Wyler, an art dealer who wishes to buy one of Picasso's cubist works. They are also introduced to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tonklin. Picasso is able to persuade another painter, Henri Rousseau, to tell a ghost story. At the story's climax, in walks Miss Seymour, who woke and discovered that Indy was gone, but had written down where he was going. Picasso pulls out a gun and marches Miss Seymour into another room. Once there, Picasso sketches her. She likes the traditional portrait he has done of her, but is totally impressed with the cubist version he did as well. Miss Seymour is also shown Picasso's forgery. Wyler sees it and, unaware that it is a forgery, wants to buy it for a thousand francs. Picasso acts reluctant and says that it is not signed. Wyler says that he'll get it signed. At the cafe, Wyler gets Degas, who's eyesight has begun to fail him and think it is one of his paintings, to sign the painting. A delighted Picasso lets everyone know that it was he who painted the picture not Degas. Wyler becomes angry. Norman and Indy, thinking the trick Picasso played on Degas was a rotten one, deny the claim. Norman says that it looks like a Degas and it is signed by degas, so therefore it must be one. Indy then sells Wyler Norman's cubist sketch for a thousand francs which infuriates Picasso. He splits the money with Norman and Picasso. Indy tells Picasso that maybe he should stay around Paris and become his agent.
Professor Jones has decided to the first Psycho-Analytical Conference being held in Vienna. The family is staying at the American Ambassador's residence. Indy is taking riding lessons with the children of some of the city's elite, among them the daughter of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Princess Sophie. At one point she loses her hat, which Indy retrieves for her. He is rebuked by the instructor for his actions. Down in the stables, he introduces himself to her. She invites him along for a walk in the park, accompanied by Miss Seymour and her governess, Emilie. Afterwards, they go to eat at a rather expensive hotel. Indy and Sophie go for a stroll in the hotel's greenhouse. Looking outside, they can see people skating on a frozen lake. Sophie says she has never tried skating, so Indy convinces her to do so. However, as Indy begins to show her the ropes, Emilie arrives and takes her away, furious. Indy is in big trouble. When his father finds out he is mad and withdraws him from his riding lessons. Indy's mother is a bit more sympathetic. She explains to him that the royal family has many enemies and what they did wasn't safe for Sophie. She tells him that he'll make some other friends, but he responds that there's no one like her in the whole world. The next day during tutoring, Miss Seymour catches Indy writing an apology letter to Sophie. She begins to teach Indy about poetry, particularly the works of Byron and Shelley. Indy wonders if he could be in love. The following day, Indy receives a letter from Sophie, in which she thanks him for the time they spent together. Indy's spirits are raised and he spends the day looking for a small gift to give her. In one shop, he sees the perfect gift - a small glass globe with two ice skating figurines inside. However, it costs too much. he continues to wander through the city, eventually spoiling a con man's shell game by showing the victim how it was done. The grateful man gives Indy some money and it is enough for him to go back to the shop and buy the glass globe. However, when he goes to the place to give it to Sophie, he is chased away by the guards. That evening at dinner, the Joneses are joined by Carl Jung, Alfred Adler and Sigmund Freud, who get into a discussion about the role sexuality plays in the makeup of human nature. Indy asks about love and while the three men cannot agree on what exactly it is, Freud tells him he should not deny it, but shout it out. Later that night, Indy sneaks out of the embassy and goes to the palace. He refuses to leave until he gets to talk to the Archduke. Ultimately, he is taken to see him. He tells the Archduke that he wishes to marry Sophie when he is older and would like to say good-bye to her before he leaves in the morning. While the Archduke admires Indy's determination, he refuses. He then arranges for a carriage to take Indy back to the embassy. Once the carriage dropped him off, it heads back to the palace, but Indy has managed to hide himself aboard. At the palace stables, he comes out of his hiding place and enters the palace. He sneaks through the halls, dodging the guards and using dumb waiters and a secret passage to get to Sophie's room. She is happy to see him and gives him a gift of a locket with her picture. Indy gives her the globe and tells her that he's in love with her. They kiss briefly and he says good-bye. He climbs down the balcony and sneaks off the palace grounds as she waves good-bye.
Nearly a year later, in September 1909, the Joneses arrive at a coffee plantation in British East Africa near Nairobi at the invitation of one of Professor Jones' old classmates, Richard Meldicot. From there they are invited to go on safari with ex-president Theodore Roosevelt, who is there to collect specimens for the Smithsonian, and Frederick Selous, the best game hunter in Africa. On the trip to the site, young Henry is captivated by the beautiful countryside and its majestic animals. Upon arriving at camp, he hurriedly unpacks, anxious to meet his famous host. He is understandably disappointed when he finds out that Roosevelt wont be back until nightfall. In the meantime, Meldicot shows Indy around the camp, introducing him to Heller, a taxidermist, and other members of the expedition. Left on his own, Indy wanders outside of camp. While exploring, he glimpses a young African boy roughly his own age tending sheep. Before he has a chance to approach the boy, he is called back to camp. Indy arrives just in time to witness the arrival of his host, Teddy Roosevelt, and is suitably impressed. That evening, Roosevelt and company are wondering about the disappearance of Burton's Ring-Eared Oryx. Normally the animals should be plentiful in the area, but not one has been spotted. Roosevelt is perplexed as he wishes to bring a few specimens home for museums. The next day, Roosevelt teaches Indy to shoot a rifle. He also gives him a pair of binoculars to explore the surrounding countryside. He then leaves to go hunting. Later in the day, as Miss Seymour is teaching Indy about African wildlife, he vows to find the oryx for Roosevelt. As he's exploring around the camp, he encounters the young tribal boy again. This time, Indy uses basic sign language to introduce himself as "Indy." The boy introduces himself as Meto. Indy spends the rest of the afternoon with Meto, exploring and learning Meto's language. Later that day, Indy and Roosevelt have a discussion. Indy is disturbed by the number of animals that the hunting party has already killed. Roosevelt tells Indy that the animals are going to museums so that people can appreciate nature more. After dinner and over a game of checkers, Indy tells Roosevelt that he will help him find the oryx. Their discussion is interrupted by a shot. One of the party has shot and killed a lion that was roaming just outside of camp. While the adults congratulate each other, Indy becomes more disturbed. The Next day, Indy is up early and goes to Meto for help in finding the oryx. Back at camp, he is missed and a search commences. Meto takes Indy to a village elder who, through pictures drawn in the sand, describes the fate of the oryx. Indy heads back to camp. As night falls, he makes his way across the veldt, becoming increasingly scared of the animal noises emanating from the dark. He is finally found by one of the bearers. Taken back to camp, Indy is punished and not given a chance to explain. The next morning, Meto comes to camp and he and Indy leave before anyone else is awake. Meto takes Indy to a place where there are oryxes. Indy then sneaks back to camp before breakfast. Over breakfast, Indy announces that he and Meto have found a small heard of oryx. Indy relates the story he heard from the village elder to Roosevelt. The oryx's main food source is a root melon. Recently, a great fire had killed off most of the area's snake population. The snakes had controlled the population of mole rats. With no natural predators, the mole rats flourished and burrowed underground for food, eating the root melons. This forced the oryx herd to look for food elsewhere. Indy leads Roosevelt and a hunting party to where the oryx herd is grazing. The party brings down two when Indy intercedes, stating that there's been enough killing. Roosevelt agrees, stating that the oryx are rare and that they don't know what animals may depend on the oryx. Their job completed, the hunting party packs up and heads back to civilization. Indy leaves Meto a good-bye gift of his binoculars.
By January of the following year the Jones are in Benares, on the Ganges River. They are staying at the Hindu National College. One afternoon while Indy is supposed to be studying geometry, he decides to sneak out for a look around the city. He sees some children playing in a field and is invited to join them. He thinks they are playing baseball, but they are actually playing cricket. One of the boys introduces himself as Krishnamurti and asks about baseball. Indy teaches the game to them, but they don't quite get the hang of it. After a while, Miss Seymour comes looking for him. He tells her that he was engaged in a cultural exchange, though Miss Seymour is not totally convinced by his story. That evening, the family goes to a reception given by Annie Besant and the Theosophical Society. Miss Seymour is not in favor of going saying that they preach free love and socialism. Professor Jones counters her claims and says that they are also strong advocates of women's rights. He explains to Indy that Theosophists are looking to explore the common ground that all religions share. At the reception, Besant introduces Charles Leadbeater, who says that he has discovered a new world teacher or Messiah. He then introduces young Krishnamurti. Miss Seymour is unimpressed and gets into a debate with Besant later in the evening. Leadbeater gives Miss Seymour a copy of his book and they make plans to meet for tea the next day. At tea, Miss Seymour asks Besant about Leadbeater and his claims of auras and visions. Besant has faith in what Leadbeater says. Indy sees Krishnamurti meditating and decides to try it himself. Besant tells Miss Seymour to try to keep an open mind about things. Leadbeater shows Miss Seymour the Theosophist's library. Miss Seymour tells him that she is skeptical of his claims. He tells her that even though she has never seen the devil she still believes in one. Outside, Krishnamurti is finished meditating and he and Indy decide to go for a bike ride. Along the way, they discuss the nature of God and how various religions perceive him. Krishnamurti tells Indy about Buddha and they see a Hindu funeral along the Ganges. Back at the Theosophist's Headquarters, Besant and Miss Seymour talk some more. Miss Seymour apologizes for judging first. She then goes outside to look for Indy. While in the garden, she encounters young Hubert Van Hook, from Chicago. He tells her that Miss Besant had thought he was going to be the New World Teacher until Leadbeater showed up with Krishnamurti. He says that Leadbeater lied in his book about the visions and he can prove it. Meanwhile, Indy and Krishnamurti come across a crying woman in the marketplace. Her child had just died in her arms. Krishnamurti is able to comfort her without saying a word and barely touching her. Miss Seymour sneaks into Leadbeater's office and searches through his desk until she finds an early draft of his book. Leadbeater walks in and catches her. She accuses him of fraud and says that she intends to expose him. He tells her to go right ahead. She takes the draft to Besant who won't look at the manuscript. She says that she has faith in Leadbeater and that is all she needs. The boys return as Miss Seymour is leaving. Indy gives Krishnamurti a baseball card of Ty Cobb as a souvenir, while he gives Indy a vial of water from the Ganges River. He also tells Indy that the Theosophy Society is looking for someone to lead them to God, but everyone has to do that for themselves. God is compassion and love, no matter what religion one belongs to.
Continuing his travels eastward, Indy finds himself in Peking by March. There Professor Jones is working with some university scholars and translators. Mrs. Jones and Miss Seymour are determined to see the sights of China and are taking Indy with them. Although Henry, Sr. is worried about his wife's health, she tells him that she is fine. They set out with their guide Mr. Li. On the train, Miss Seymour is tutoring Indy in Chinese history when he notices a suspicious looking Chinese man looking into their compartment. The man moves along when he notices that Indy sees him. They first visit a Buddhist Temple and then the Great Wall. Afterwards, they take a barge to their next destination. On board, Mrs. Jones and Miss Seymour discuss the possibility of seeing the birthplace of Confucius. Mr. Li tells them that the journey will be long and hard, but they insist. While Miss Seymour is quizzing Indy, he tells her that he thinks it is more important to learn a country's language and culture than it's history. He also sees the same suspicious man again and tells Mr. Li. Mr. Li says that it is probably a coincidence. Indy wonders if it could be one of those revolutionaries that do not like foreigners that he heard his father talk of. Later that evening at the inn, Mr. Li is explaining Chinese philosophy to Mrs. Jones and Miss Seymour, when Indy thinks he sees the mysterious man again. He doesn't say anything to the adults. The next day, they hire a wagon for the journey. The driver, Ah Pin, only speaks "pigeon" English. Along the way, Mr. Li instructs Indy in the Chinese language. He shows Indy how inflection is important and can change the meaning of a word. Indy complains of a headache. Later, Mr. Li tells the ladies that he feels there is a lack of dignity in the use of pigeon English. While the adults are away, Indy sees the suspicious looking man around the cart. The man tells Ah Pin that Mr. Li is looking for him. He then tries to steal the wagon, but Indy has unhitched the horses. Mr. Li threatens the suspicious man and then sends him on his way. Mr. Li then tells Indy not to mention the incident to the women. Ah Pin would loose face if it were revealed he was tricked. he tells Indy that he acted well and doesn't need the approval of others. They get new horses and proceed on their trip. As they continue across the country in the wagon, Indy starts to become sicker and is soon running a fever. Storm clouds start to gather and they decide to head for a nearby mission. The rain continues to come down as Indy's condition worsens. Eventually, they come to a river that they have to cross. Halfway across, the horses frighten and bolt, overturning the cart. Everyone gets to shore, but their luggage is all washed downstream. They make their way through the rain to a farmhouse. The family welcomes them in and they quickly try to get Indy warm and dry. They tell Mrs. Jones that the nearest American doctor is three days away at the mission, but there is a local Chinese doctor. Mrs. Jones doesn't trust the local doctor. The next day, Mr. Li tells them that even though the family is poor, they are glad to host them until Indy is better. Hospitality is very important to the Chinese. Indy's condition continues to worsen. They manage to get the cart fixed, but Indy is too sick to travel. Ah Pin and Miss Seymour set out to the American mission for the doctor. A delirious Indy asks his mother if he's going to die, just like his sister did when she was little. She tells him no. The next day, they witness and altercation between the family's father and a man on a donkey. Their attention is diverted when Indy throws a fit. Mr. Li says that there is still two days until the doctor arrives. That evening the family prays for Indy. Mrs. Jones is determined that their son is not going to die and sends for the Chinese doctor. He arrives the next day and examines Indy. He decides that Indy must be treated with acupuncture. A delirious Indy becomes upset and this bothers his mother. The Chinese mother tries to comfort her. Mrs. Jones holds Indy's hand throughout the procedure and tells him to trust in the doctor. As he applies the needles, Dr. Win Ch-Iu explains what he is doing. Mr. Li translates for him. When he is done, he says that Indy will recover if his strength holds. Miss Seymour arrives with Dr. James Morton from the mission. He is very pleased to meet Dr. Wen Ch-Iu, one of the few local physicians who is not a quack. Morton says that Indy probably had Typhoid Fever, but is getting better. Ah Pin also found some of their luggage. As Indy regains his strength, he spends time playing Chinese checkers with the children and learning their language. A few days later, the man on the donkey returns. Mr. Li explains that the father had to borrow money and used the land as collateral. The debt is now due, but he can't pay. Mrs. Jones decides to pay the debt out of gratitude, but Mr. Li says that the father would lose face. She says that she owes them something for all of their hospitality. She gives him the money, which he gives to the debt collector. She also buys the family some chickens and they have a small feast before leaving to continue their journey.
Shortly after this, Indy and his family are staying in Russia with friends of his father's who invited them to their daughter's wedding. Indy tries to behave himself and enjoy the wedding at the same time, but fails to do so. He leans against a cart with crystal on it which send it crashing into a passing waiter. Indy's father takes him out into the hall to reprimand him. He tells Indy that he is to stand in the hall and not move, however, Indy disobeys him. As he walks into an adjoining room, he brushes against a handle attached to the rope a huge chandelier is hanging from. The handle comes unlocked and the chandelier crashes down onto the wedding cake. Indy's parents look on in disbelief and his mother brings him to his room. Indy apologizes to his mother, but she tells him that his father will deal with him in the morning. Indy, feeling he is being treated unfairly, climbs down a gutter drain outside his window and runs away. The next morning, Miss Seymour wakes Indy's parents to tell them that Indy is gone. Indy's father begins to search for him. Indy, sleeping in a haystack, is awoken by a small weasel. He tries to shoot it with his slingshot, but hits an old man who was also sleeping in the haystack. The old man advances on him swinging a stick and yelling in Russian. Indy says that he doesn't speak Russian, so the man starts yelling at him in English. The man says how e hates young people and walks off with Indy's slingshot. Indy follows him trying to get his slingshot back. The man tells him to stop following him, but Indy refuses. The man gives him back his slingshot and tells him to get off his side of the ride. Indy walks with him (on his side of the rode) and explains how he is running away back to America. When Indy questions why the man doesn't want to turn Indy into his parents the man says that he never did what he was supposed to do and he is also running away. Indy doesn't believe him because he's old. The man asks him if he thinks only little boys are driven crazy by their parents. Meanwhile, Indy's parents are getting extremely worried about him. Indy asks the man if he is going to miss anyone. The man says he'll miss his dogs. Indy says he misses his dog also. Indy's sole comes off his book and the man says he'll fix it. The man shows Indy his prize possession, his bible. Indy shows him his baseball mitt and ball. He explains to him the basics of the game and shows him his baseball card collection. Indy says he wouldn't give up his prize card for all of the gold in China. The man says he feels the same way about his bible. With Indy's boot fixed, the two continue on their way. They begin to feel hungry and Indy starts eating the apple he brought with him. He offers the man one bite, but the man manages to eat half of the apple with his one bite. Indy complains, but the man tells him that things should be divided each according to his needs. Since he is bigger than Indy, he requires more. Indy states that it was his apple, but the man says that it grew on a tree in the ground and belongs to the world. Indy says he will never share anything with him again. The two continue on in silence as it begins to thunder. Indy's father says that he should never have brought Indy along on his trip through Europe. Miss Seymour says that every boy runs away at some point even he did. Indy's father claims that it wasn't the same when he ran away. Indy and the man reach a village and the villagers rush to great the man yelling, "Tolstoy!" Indy is amazed at how friendly the people are to Tolstoy. The villagers welcome "Count" Tolstoy into their inn and give him food to eat. Indy watches from the window as rain begins to pour down on him. Tolstoy yells at him to get inside and stop making him feel guilty. Once Indy finishes the meal he asks if Tolstoy is some kind of king in disguise. Tolstoy tells him that he wrote a few books years ago, but they weren't very good. He tells Indy that he is running away to nowhere in particular. He just wants a simpler life, closer to God. Indy tells him he can run away to New Jersey with him and Tolstoy agrees. The Russian police arrive looking for Tolstoy and tell him they are here to take him back to his family. Indy flips the table up and knocks down the police. In the confusion, he and Tolstoy escape. Indy's father becomes increasingly worried about the dangers that Indy might encounter and blames himself for Indy running away. As Indy and Tolstoy hide in a barn, they watch as Imperial Cossack troops ride by. Tolstoy tells him that they are ruthless and are used by the government to ride themselves of "certain unfortunate ethnic groups." Indy finally places the name "Tolstoy" and asks if he is the author of War and Peace. Indy says his father thinks he's great, but Tolstoy says his father is an imbecile. Tolstoy says they should head for the train station. On the way, they stop so Indy can teach Tolstoy about baseball. Indy says it's too bad Tolstoy wasted all those years writing because he could have been a great hitter. A group of gypsies pass by and give the two of them a ride. That night, Tolstoy tells everyone a scary story around the campfire. While they all dance around the campfire, the Cossacks attack killing many of the gypsies. Tolstoy is knocked down by a Cossack on a horse, but Indy rescues him. The two flee as the camp is set on fire. Indy brings Tolstoy to a church, but the monk tries to throw them out thinking they are beggars. Indy tells him that the man is Tolstoy and they try to help him. As Tolstoy comes to he realizes where he is and runs out. He tells Indy that they drive people away from God and he'd sooner die than receive help from them. Tolstoy falls unconscious in a field nearby and Indy screams for help. Some men hear him and bring Tolstoy inside their house. The next day, Indy asks Tolstoy why he hates the church so much. He says that they diminish God by claiming to speak for him. He tells Indy not to try to see God through spectacles borrowed from the church, but instead through his own eyes. Meanwhile, Miss Seymour isn't feeling well from all of the worry. Indy's father just wishes he could talk to him and begins crying. Indy and Tolstoy arrive at the train station just as the train leaves. Indy notices that Tolstoy is not doing too well. He tells him that he doesn't think he is up to the trip. Tolstoy gets angry as Indy tells him that he thinks he should return to his family. Tolstoy agrees to go as long as Indy will return to his family as well. Indy's father and mother are looking in on Miss Seymour who is bedridden when a hotel clerk knocks at the door to tell them that Indy has been found. Indy's mother makes his father promise that he won't be too hard on him. Indy's parents arrive at Tolstoy's estate and are reunited with Indy. Indy apologizes for running away. Before he can accept, Indy's father spots Tolstoy and is amazed. Indy introduces his parents to Tolstoy. After they leave, Tolstoy goes inside to rest. Indy's mother asks where Indy got the bible he has. Indy says he traded Tolstoy his baseball card collection for it. Tolstoy takes out the baseball cards and enthusiastically reads through them. Indy and his parents leave Russia for Athens, Greece. While on the train, Indy's father blames him for Miss Seymour's condition. Indy says he hates his father.
After arriving in Greece, Indy's father takes him and his mother to see the Parthenon, however, Indy's mother decides they should return to the hotel to look in on Miss Seymour. The next day, Indy's mother leaves to visit her sister for the weekend and leaves Indy to accompany his father to the Parthenon. Both Indy and his father do not like the fact that they are stuck with each other. Indy's father says that he has to go to the hanging monastery in Kalabaka, but Indy's mother says that he'll have to take Indy with him. His father tries to argue that it is dangerous, but she disagrees. After she leaves, Indy's father lectures him on his behavior and says that he has enough work for Indy to keep him busy throughout the weekend. Upon reaching the Parthenon, Indy's father gives instructions to the cab driver in ancient Greek, but Indy isn't sure that he understood properly. Indy's father tells Indy that this was the birthplace of Philosophy and explains to him the fundamentals of it. He tells him of Aristotle's teachings of logic in a system called syllogism. He demonstrates by using a stick as a sword and acting out a fight. He falls to the floor seemingly dead. As Indy rushes to his side, he jumps up and says that all men are mortal which is a general truth. He is a man, ergo he is mortal which is a specific truth. He them says that Socrates is a man, ergo Socrates is mortal which is a syllogism. This, he tells Indy, is an example of Aristotelian logic and that deductive logic is the key that will unlock the great mysteries of out universe and our very existence. The questions that Aristotle asked marked a turning point in the history of mankind. These thoughts set us apart from all the other creatures in the world. They go to leave, but Indy finds that the cab is gone. His father points to a cab and says that that is logically their cab. Their cab was parked there; this cab is parked there now; ergo that is their cab. They get in the cab and take off. They soon realize that the driver is not the same and they are kicked out of the cab. They begin trekking to the monastery on foot. On the way, Indy's father continues to lecture to Indy about the ancient Greeks. Eventually a horse and buggy approaches and they manage to get a ride. Indy's father tries to continue lecturing over the sounds of the chickens in the buggy and another rider's wind flute. They are dropped off still far away from the monastery looking completely disheveled. The bathe in the ocean to clean up, however, a group of goats eat holes in their clothes. They arrive in a nearby village wearing nothing, but pieces of a bush and manage to get some very "native" looking clothes from the peasants. They manage to get a lift from a man named Aristotle whose donkey pulling the cart is named Plato. Aristotle asks Indy's father if he is interested in politics. When his father says no, Aristotle calls him an idiot. Indy is shocked, however, his father explains that the English word "idiot" comes from a Greek word meaning "one ho is not interested in politics." Indy's father and Aristotle soon get into an argument about democracy. Indy's father says that Greece is the home of democracy. He explains Plato and Aristotle's system of government. The three begin getting confused about what they are arguing about since Indy's father is constantly talking about what Aristotle and Plato said and the driver keeps thinking he is talking about him and his donkey. Aristotle kicks Indy's father, "the raving democrat," out of the buggy. Indy's father walks alongside while Indy refuses to get out of the cab. He says that if this is really a democracy like his father argued than he can stay in the cab if he wants. They eventually arrive at the hanging monastery which is situated at the top of a mountain and get into a cage which will be raised up the side of the mountain by the monks above. On the trip up Indy notices the height is bothering his father who is sitting completely still. They are greeted by the monks and told that the following day the monks will be cloistered and will keep a vow of silence for the following two days. After dinner, they are shown to their room which is basically a closet with one hard bed. The next day, Indy watches the monks as they chant. He then goes to the library and tries to keep quiet while his father translates texts. He tells his father that he is bored. His father's solution is to make Indy look up Aristotle's laws of syllogism and write three pages on the nature of Aristotelian logic and its relation to causality. Indy finds the books his father referred him to and begins to read through them. Indy meets Nikos Kazantzakis who is also studying the texts at the monastery. He looks at the assignment Indy's father gave him and decides to help him out. He explains that Aristotle said that nature does not act without a cause; which sprang from his theory of causality. He demonstrates this by having Indy give a push to an orange set atop some books. He states that there are many factors that caused the orange to fall: the essence of the orange (its weight), the structure of the orange (it is round), the fact that Indy pushed it, and finally, that it's function included seeking the lowest level. Indy interprets this last factor to be gravity, but Nikos says that the function of the orange is to fall from the tree to make another orange. Indy writes in his paper what Nikos explained him, but he asks what causes nature? Nikos says that this is a question that comes from wisdom and not logic. He says that this is the question that Indy's father wanted him to find. He says God, the prime cause, dances beyond the bounds of logic. He says that wisdom is greater than logic, but it leaves you asking whether you can accept something as being true without proof. Later in the day, Indy and his father say goodbye to the monks at the elevator cage. The monks head off to begin their vow of silence and Indy gives his father his report. They board the cage and begin to be lowered down. Indy's father reads the report on the way down and says it is good although he doesn't agree that wisdom is greater than logic. The cage stops and Indy's father steps out to find that they are only halfway down. he manages to grab hold of the cage as he falls and climbs back in. Indy begins to suspect the worst, thinking that the monks have stranded them there so they will starve to death. They yell for help, however, no one answers. The sun begins to set the temperature starts dropping. They start a small fire using pieces of wood from the cage, however the cage itself catches on fire. Indy's father stamps out the father and accidentally breaks a whole in the floor of the cage. The next morning, they begin to doubt that the monks will find them and try to devise a plan on how to save themselves. Indy's father attempts to climb up the rope that the cage is hanging from, but only gets a few feet before his fear of heights freezes him in place. He slides back down the rope and burns his hands in the process. The rope then begins to fray. Indy says they need to be logical to get out of the predicament. He reasons a ladder is made of wood and the cage is made of wood; ergo their cage is a ladder. They break off pieces of wood and rope and make individual ladder rungs that can be fastened to the rope above and then unfastened once they have climbed above each rung. Indy's father makes it past the part of the rope that is fraying and barely manages to grab hold of Indy and the rope snaps and the cage plummets to the ground. They reach the top of the mountain cliff and find that the monk working the pulley controlling the cage was knocked unconscious when the pulley fell from the roof. Indy and his father laugh as the tension is released and share a hug.
Indy was ten by the time his father finally finished his lengthy world tour, having spent two years traveling the world and picking up languages and ideas from many cultures. In April of 1912 his former tutor Miss Seymour inherits a large sum of money from her recently deceased distant cousin Roger and invites Indy and his parents to come see her new home in Oxford, England. Indy's parents are too busy, but they send Indy on a transatlantic ocean liner to visit her. While there, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of one of Indy's favorite literary heroes Sherlock Holmes, replies to a fan letter Indy had written him by inviting Indy to tea at Claridge's Hotel in London. Indy talks Miss Seymour into letting him go alone. On the way, Indy witnesses a bomb explode in a mailbox. Witnesses think it was planted by suffragettes, but a policeman tells Indy it was the work of the Irish. Indy arrives at Claridge's and is welcomed by Conan Doyle. Over tea, Conan Doyle tells Indy the importance of observation in order to be a good detective. Conan Doyle takes Indy to see Madame Baclava, a psychic. She tells Conan Doyle that she sees years of success for him, but that someone very close to him will die in a terrible war. Conan Doyle believes that she must mean that he will eventually have to kill Sherlock Holmes in his war with crime, however, years later Conan Doyle will come to realize that it was his son she saw dying in World War I. In Indy's future she sees a big ship, a sea voyage, terrible danger and a gigantic catastrophe. As Indy leaves Conan Doyle, he tells him that he's sailing back to America, but there's no way the fortune will come true as he's on the safest ship in the world, the Titanic. On the way to the ship, Indy begins to notice how much Miss Seymour has changed due to her new wealth. Among her flashy attire is the Shalimar Diamond, a large and valuable jewel which her brother had brought back from India. On the Titanic, Miss Seymour meets a man named Colonel Osmond Gilbert who begins spending all of his time flattering her. Indy begins to suspect that Gilbert may be more interested in Miss Seymour's diamond than in her. At dinner, Indy meets Roger Sampson, an Inspector at Scotland Yard, who tells Indy he is going to America to lecture the New York police. Indy also meets Professor Khan of Calcutta University who tells Miss Seymour that the Shalimar Diamond was originally stolen from his people in India. Later that night Indy begins touring the ship and stumbles across an Irish woman hiding in a rescue boat. She introduces herself as Molly Kincaid and tells him that she had to run away from London to escape an abusive employer. Indy agrees to meet her the next day to help smuggle her into the third class section. While helping Molly the next day, Indy overhears two men talking in German about how they will have to row far enough away from the ship or else they'll be sucked under when the Titanic goes down. The two men leave and Indy distracts a purser while Molly sneaks down to third class. Indy then goes to see Sampson and tells him about the possible saboteurs. Indy tells him he wants to help and Sampson gives Indy the assignment of spying on Otto Dietrich, a famous German opera singer. Indy follows Dietrich the next day, but is seen and caught. Indy tells Dietrich that he is a big fan of the opera singer. Dietrich buys the story and gives Indy a private concert much to Indy's dismay. Indy reports back to Sampson to tell him that Dietrich seems clean, however, Sampson wants him to continue to spy on him. Later, while trailing Dietrich, Indy meets up with Molly again. She tells Indy that she has been shoving pamphlets supporting the suffragette movement under the doors of the first class passengers. The next day at breakfast Miss Seymour is speaking out against the suffragettes which surprises Indy since she has always been in favour of them. Indy realizes how much influence Gilbert has had on her. Indy is even more surprised when Miss Seymour announces that she and Gilbert will be married by the ship's captain the following day. One of the pursers suddenly bursts in and tells Indy that Molly needs him to come to her cabin before it's too late, however, when Indy arrives he finds that Molly has been captured by the Germans and now he too is a prisoner. Indy learns that the Germans plan on sinking the Titanic in order to cause a devastating blow to the Atlantic shipping trade. Inspector Rogers arrives and Indy learns that he, too, is a German saboteur. Right before the Germans can execute Indy and Molly, a loud noise is heard and water begins pouring in on them. Indy and Molly manage to escape in the confusion as the Germans are left to a water grave. When they reach the deck, Indy and Molly learn that the ship has struck an iceberg and will sink within a few hours. Indy races to Miss Seymour's cabin and finds her being threatened at knife point by Professor Khan. Khan wants to return the Shalimar Diamond to India. Miss Seymour promises to give him the diamond, but Gilbert, dressed as a woman in order to get on a lifeboat, arrives and knocks-out Khan. Gilbert admits that he was after Miss Seymour's money the whole time, but since she invested all her money in the White Star Line at his prompting, she has lost it all with the sinking of their flagship. Miss Seymour tackles Gilbert and Indy knocks him out with a blow to the head with a vase. Miss Seymour vows to give the diamond away; she's had her fill of being wealthy and wants her life to return to normal. As Miss Seymour and Molly get into a lifeboat, many of the passengers spot the lights from a nearby ship. Indy realizes the ship must have been in league with the German saboteurs. At the last minute, Indy refuses to get into the lifeboat saying that only women and children should be allowed to escape on them. Molly knocks him out in order to get him aboard and Indy awakens in time to see the Titanic go under.
A month later tragedy strikes the Jones family when Anna Jones contracts scarlet fever and dies. Following his mother's death his father buries himself in work, and while Henry Sr. lectures in Boston, Miss Seymour and Indy travel along the New England coast and engages in a treasure hunt after hearing tales of Captain Kidd's exploits.
That summer, back at home in Utah, during a Boy Scout outing, Indy tried to foil the plans of robbers planning to steal old Spanish-American artifacts, including the Cross of Coronado. During his encounter with the thieves, Indy gained some of his most notable characteristics: his affinity for the bullwhip, the scar across his chin, intense fear of snakes, and his distinctive brown fedora. Later in the summer, Indy meets an Anasazi man who claims to be Billy the Kid. With his help, Indy helps stop a pair of bank robbers.
He visits Paris in November of 1912, and is there when an ampoule with radium was stolen from the Institute of the Marie Curie in Paris. Indy thinks that there is a connection to the strange message he discovered in the underground of Paris.
By the spring of the next year Henry Jones Sr. is in Georgetown lecturing at the university on medieval literature. Indy, however, travels to the Carolinas where he follows the trail of a Civil War slave in the Underground Railroad. In summer Indy has one of his first meetings with his father's (and later his) friend Marcus Brody. Indy helps him in his hunt for archaeological artifacts in Egypt. Together, they discover a valuable ring that may be from the not-yet-officially-discovered tomb of King Tutankhamen. They also cross swords with German spies and narrowly escape the last major outbreak of the bubonic plague. He makes friends with a young Arab boy called Sallah at this point.
In August Indy is in the Himalayas, at the monastery of Tsadong where an atmosphere of tension and distress reigns. Indy tries to help his friend, the child Lama, from attacks by "demons". The summer ends with a brief jaunt to Russia and a meeting with the hereditary Georgian princess, Tamar. Afterwards he rejoins his father in Armenia (his father is on a side trip studying the Crusades).
Halloween, the fall of 1913 finds Henry Jones Jr. in a boarding school in England while his father lectures at Cambridge University. This does nothing to slow down Indy's adventures, however. Between a corrupt mine owner, a ring that may have belonged to the court of King Arthur and the mystique of Samhaim (All Hallow's Eve), Indy has little trouble filling in the time between classes. Around Christmas, Indy and a boarding school pal, Herman Mueller, aid Herman's father on a research trip to Stonehenge. They soon discover that someone is trying to sabotage the dig as they are confronted by a magic wielding German spy. Indy and Herman barely escape injury with some questionable help from the ancient stones themselves and the power of the rising sun focused through the saboteur's magic crown.
January of 1914 sees Henry Jones Sr. allowing Indy to travel to London for one last vacation before returning to school. While there, Indy discovers (through a bit of misfortune) that an ancient Greek bowl is a forgery. Indy and his father then travel to Greece in search of the stolen artifact. When spring comes around again Indy discovers the power of an Italian curse placed upon a cross made from the sword hilt of a Norman warrior. He helps an old friend locate the cross while an a break in New York City.
In May Indy's school in Utah burns down, ending the year early. Making sure that Indy doesn't lose out in his studies, his father sends him off with a graduate assistant to southern France. The goal of their trip is to find a letter from King Louis IX, send before the king's second crusade. Instead they find a jewel-encrusted crown swiped from Louis by gypsies. Immediately after his French escapade, Indy is dragged to Constantinople as his father pursues the Holy Grail. Luckily, also joining him is Herman Mueller and together they investigate the trail of a knife believed to be linked to the legend of Cain and Abel. Their adventure is cut somewhat short when Indy's father hears of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and leaves Turkey.
Far from the problems in Europe, in October the Joneses travel to China in search of more Grail clues. However, in Honolulu, one of their stopovers on the way, the war catches up. Indy's adventure in Honolulu pits him against a very active volcano and a German agent intent on killing a British professor. Once they finally leave Honolulu, they still encounter troubles as their steamer is intercepted by a Japanese naval vessel. Indy discovers soon after that someone has smuggled a golden Chinese dragon statuette in his luggage, which he hides from the Japanese inspectors. Once they reach the mainland, the statuette becomes object of a desperate hunt by Chinese, Japanese and German factions.
By December Indy and his father have travelled to India where he meets and befriends Prince Kasim. The royal guard tells Indy and Kasim not to touch the ancient tiger's-eye amulet, but Kasim refuses to listen and begins wearing it around his neck. When a tiger is seen stalking the area, Indy notices that Kasim has mysteriously disappeared. He begins to wonder if his friend could have changed into the dreaded legendary beast - the weretiger. Indy sets out to find the answer and save his friend from the curse of the amulet.
There's a "blank" year where we don't have details of what Indy was doing, 1915, before we catch up with him again in February 1916. At this point in his life Indy, a junior in high school in Princeton, NJ, is looking forward to taking Nancy Stratemeyer to the prom in her father's car - a beautiful Bugati. Of course, his rival Butch doesn't believe him, so it has become a matter of pride. He's crushed when Nancy comes to the soda fountain where he works after school and tells him that the car is broken. Her father has to take it to New York to get it fixed and it wouldn't be ready until after the prom. Indy goes to see Nancy's father, Edward Stratemeyer (who will later become the author of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books). He is able to talk Mr. Stratemeyer into letting him take the car to a local garage. There, Indy is told that the generator would have to be rebuilt and the only place to get that done is in New York. That night, Indy's father has dinner guests. One of them is a Dr. Thompson, a researcher at Edison Laboratories. He's working on a battery that will run a car. Such an invention could put the oil companies out of business. Later in the evening, Indy asks him if he could fix the Bugati's generator. He says that he could and invites Indy to the labs in East Orange. The next day Indy and Nancy load their bikes onto a train and journey to East Orange. When they arrive at the laboratory, Indy's eyes light up when he sees a car whipping around a test track. Thompson takes the generator into one of the labs to an assistant. While Indy is talking to the test car driver, a cry comes from the lab. Indy and Nancy rush inside to find that Thompson has been kidnapped by three men in a van. They also knocked out his assistant and stole some plans. The police arrive and the officer in charge is a Captain Frank Brady. The assistant tells Brady that the kidnappers were speaking German and he repeats the phrase that he heard. Brady translates it as "Quick, the baby's burping," Indy suggests that it might be "Quick, the chicken is burping," but that makes no sense either. Brady tells Indy to butt out and that he won't get the generator back until after the case is solved. Edison arrives and the assistant tells him that certain Naval Research files on a submarine detection system and the files on the car battery were stolen. Edison is more concerned with the stolen files than with Thompson's well being. Edison tells Brady to contact Naval Intelligence. As Indy and Nancy walk their bikes back to the train station, Indy realizes that the German phrase could also be translated to "Quick, the chicken farm." Nancy remembers seeing a chicken farm on the train ride in. They bike to it and there, they find the kidnappers' van covered in straw. There is also some oil stuck on the fender and a partial sticker with the letter groupings "IL," "CH" and "RY." In the loft of the barn they find Dr. Thompson tied up and call the police. Thompson tells them that he had to co-operate or they would have killed him. He also heard the Germans mentioning the high and low tides and believes that they are being picked up in a submarine. Nancy and Indy ride back to the train station, not noticing two sinister men parked on the side of the road. That night as Indy is having supper at Nancy's, he discusses the kidnapping with her father. They figure that the van was probably stolen from wherever the Germans landed. The next day at school, Nancy tells Indy that she figures that the Germans landed near the oil refineries at Bayonne and she's going out to investigate. After school, Nancy leaves for Bayonne, but Indy is held after class. As soon as he can, he follows her, finding her in the dunes along the beach. They pick a spot to hide and wait. High tide comes and goes, but no German sub shows. Instead, they spot two men with guns who turn out to be Brady and another officer. That night at supper, Indy has a stroke of inspiration. He calls Nancy and tells her that it wasn't Germans who were after the submarine plans, but the oil companies after the battery plans. They meet and head out to the refinery. They sneak in and overhear some men discussing Edison's battery. They also find the plans and learn that the letter groupings from the van are a part of the phrase "oIL researCH laboratoRY." As they sneak out, the theft of the plans is discovered. They're spotted by the two sinister men from the chicken farm who give chase. Indy hands the plans to Nancy and tells her to go to the police. Indy heads off their pursuers and is able to trick them into driving their car off a pier. The police show up and arrest the two men. Brady allows Indy and Nancy to take the plans back to Dr. Thompson themselves. The next day at Edison Labs, Indy and Nancy tell Thompson about how they deduced who had stolen the plans. Nancy grows suspicious when Thompson talks about the oil refinery since Indy never mentioned the refinery. When they confront him with this, he makes a run for it, stealing the experimental car. Indy and Nancy give chase in an old Model T. They manage to catch up with him after Indy takes a short cut across an old rickety bridge, forcing him off the road just as the police arrive. When asked why he did it, Thompson says that he wanted credit for the work he did on Edison's various projects. When Edison receives the plans back from Indy and Nancy, he graciously rebuild the Bugati's generator. They arrive at the prom in style and Indy is able to show up Butch.
The following month, on Spring break with his cousin Frank, Indy hitchhikes to the Mexican border to have "a little fun with the senoritas." Upon their arrival, the town is attacked by men on horseback who rob the bank and some local merchants. Indy gives chase on horseback, but is captured. He is taken to an old Mexican fort and is about to be shot with two other prisoners when the leader of the raiders, Francisco "Pancho," Villa arrives and sets them free. It turns out that the bandits were some of Villa's men who were acting without orders. It is among Villa's men that Indy meets Remy Baudoin, a Belgian national. The bandit's men are being forced south due to General Pershing's advance. A few days later, Villa is negotiating with an unsavory man by the name of Claw for some rifles and explosives. After Claw, leaves, Villa's aide Julio Cardenas asks him where they will get the money. Villa says that they will get it from Ciudad Guerrero, a fort where the Federales have just shipped 50,000 pesos in gold. Claw overhears this plan as he leaves. Outside, Indy is helping with the unloading of weapons from Claw's wagon. He overhears Claw use an Arabic word and asks him if he ever spent time in Egypt, but Claw ignores him. That night, Indy talks to some of the rebels about why they joined Villa's bans. Villa himself sums it up best when he says that they are fighting for the right to peacefully raise a family and have a decent life. This persuades Indy to join the revolution. The next day, Indy is part of a detail that is to pick up weapons at Claw's. While there he confirms his suspicions that Claw and Dimitrios are the same person. Later, in a cantina Remy is helping Indy compose a letter to his father when in walks a U.S. Army lieutenant. It is George Patton, who proceeds to get into a gunfight with Cardenas, who is killed. Patton reports back to General John J. Pershing on the movements of Villa's men. This confirms what Claw has just finished telling Pershing. Days later the rebels head out with a train to attack Ciudad Guerrero. The attack goes according to plan until Pershing stages a counterattack which forces the rebels to retreat. That night as the rebels hide from Pershing's men, Villa decides to attack William Randolph Hurst's Mexican hacienda. This, he hopes, will put Mexican President Cardenza in a bad position with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. They take the hacienda easily as there is no one there. As Indy watches the looting, he begins to feel that he really doesn't belong with the Mexican revolution. That evening, Indy translates for the rebels the silent movies that are being shown in the basement. A newsreel is shown depicting the carnage being wrecked across Europe during the Great War. Remy is visibly upset by this. Later Remy, tells Indy that he is leaving for Europe in the morning. He feels that if he is to die, he'd rather die fighting for his own homeland. Indy persuades Remy to let him join him. Remy agrees and reminds Indy that they leave at dawn. Indy rides out to Dimitrios' ranch to steal back the jackal's head. He finds it in a locked cupboard, but is discovered by Dimitrios. A fight ensues during which the house is set on fire. Indy escapes with the jackal's head but a trapped Dimitrios is killed when the fire reaches the ammunition and gunpowder stored in the basement. With the jackal's head safe, Indy catches up with Remy and they head to Vera Cruz to catch passage on a ship to Europe and the Great War.
It is April 1916 and Indy and Remy arrive in Queenstown on their way to London to enlist in the Belgian army. They get a ride to Dublin, where they plan on getting jobs so they can pay for the ferry. They manage to get employment in a pub, waiting on tables and washing dishes. One afternoon, Indy is out to buy food for himself and Remy when he passes a restaurant window and sees two pretty girls inside. He goes in and joins them. They introduce themselves as Maggie and Nuala. They are also joined by Maggie's brother Sean Lamass. Through their conversation, the girls get the impression that Indy is a millionaire and he does nothing to dispel that idea. Sean talks to Indy about his time with Poncho Villa. As they leave the restaurant, Indy asks about some men who are marching down the street. Maggie explains that they are the Irish Volunteers, a group that wishes to overthrow British rule. She says that Sean is a member. Indy and Maggie make plans to meet at the theater the next day. When Indy gets back to the room where he and Remy are staying, Remy is upset that he spent their money on tea and cakes for the girls. The next day, Indy meets Maggie at the music hall. Inside, they are joined by Sean and Nuala. Indy enjoys the show, especially a tenor who sings "When Irish Eyes are Smilin'". Afterwards, he excuses himself and goes off to work. While working, he hums "Irish Eyes" to himself. He receives some scorn from one of the patrons, a writer by the name of Sean O'Casey. O'Casey is disgusted with the stereotypical portrayal of the Irish that have made them the laughingstock of the world. He promises to show Indy some real theater by taking him to the Abbey the next day. There, they see some of the rehearsals for a new play by William Butler Yates. O'Casey explains to Indy that the play is symbolic of how Ireland was taken over by the British. After rehearsal, Yates meets with O'Casey about a play he has submitted to the theater for production. Yates says that the work has good characterization, but is too political for the national theater. He calls it an honorable failure. On the way home, O'Casey is upset with Yates' critique. He wants to write plays about real life, not the kind of work Yates is currently producing. Later, Indy meets Maggie and Nuala for a walk along the beach. That evening at work, he runs into Sean and O'Casey who are arguing about the fate of a free Ireland. O'Casey wants a socialist Ireland, not one that would be run by the Catholics. The next day, Indy and Remy meet Maggie and Nuala. Remy takes Nuala off so Indy can be alone with Maggie for a while. At work, Indy and O'Casey talk about theater. O'Casey loves the theater because being performed live, anything can happen. At it's greatest moments, theater becomes life and life becomes theater. Sean arrives and O'Casey tells him that he's quit the Irish Volunteers. Sean tells Indy that he's been invited to go swimming with Maggie. At the pool, Sean and Indy discuss Indy's reasons for fighting in the war. Sean says that Ireland must be free, that home rule while swearing allegiance to the King of England is not enough. Sean gets upset and leaves, taking Maggie with him. The next day, Sean and O'Casey are having an argument out on a sidewalk. O'Casey doesn't want to hear anymore about the Irish Volunteers from Sean. Sean starts to walk off as Indy happens by. He warns Indy not to see Maggie anymore, but Indy pays him no heed. The next day, Indy, Maggie and Nuala spend some time together. They're spotted by Sean who doesn't say anything. At the end of the afternoon, Indy tells Maggie that he's not a millionaire. She gets upset and tells him that she never wants to see him again. Walking home from work, Indy meets up with Sean. Sean pulls him into a warehouse to fight as a crowd begins to gather. Indy tries to explain to Sean that he told Maggie the truth, but gets a knuckle sandwich. Indy fights back and soon the whole crowd is swinging fists at each other. In the midst of the donnybrook, Indy and Sean call a truce. The days pass until Easter Monday arrives. Indy and Remy finally have enough money for their ferry tickets and plan on leaving the next day. While they are walking home with Nuala, they see a demonstration at the Post Office. Members of the Irish Volunteers have taken overt the building and have issued a statement calling for a free Irish Republic. They head back to the pub where O'Casey tells him the Volunteers don't expect to gain anything. They are looking to become martyrs for their cause. Out on the streets, Maggie is trying to persuade Sean not to join his compatriots in the post office, but he doesn't listen. As the Volunteers take over a couple of nearby buildings, the British Army begins to move in, setting up barricades. The Volunteers raise the Irish flag over the Post Office. As fighting breaks out, Maggie arrives at the pub. She says that they have to go to the Post Office, they see cannons being set up by the British. They have no choice but to head back to the pub and wait. The fighting continues through the week. Maggie is convinced that Sean is dead. Word arrives that the Volunteers have surrendered. Indy, Maggie and O'Casey rush to the Post Office and see Sean being led away by British soldiers. Maggie cries out to him, but he ignores her. Later, British soldiers are executing members of the uprising at a nearby prison. Indy takes Maggie there to see Sean. They are taken to his cell. Indy tells him that most of the leaders of the uprising have already been shot. Maggie tells him that the people are starting to consider them heroes. Sean feels that it was worth is then. He also wishes Indy good luck in Europe. The next day Indy and Remy are ready to board the ferry to London. O'Casey arrives to wish them luck. He tells them to take a good look around. Ireland is changing and it won't look the same if they ever come back.
While Indy heads to Europe, the family dog, Indiana, dies.
The duo finally arrive in London in May and enlist in the Belgian army. Indy, fearful of being sent back to the U.S., uses the false name of Henri Defense. Later that evening, Remy meets a war widow who invites him out for coffee, leaving Indy alone. He decides to visit his old tutor Miss Seymour. On the bus to Paddington Station, he meets Vicky Prentiss, a suffragette who is a bus conductor. He is impressed when she remains unfazed after a Zeppelin attack. Indy decides that he wants to see her again and goes to a suffragette meeting. There, he is impressed with a speech given by Sylvia Pankhurst and even defends her against the jeers of some men. After the meeting, Indy and Vicky go out for tea. While talking, the two discover that they both traveled extensively as children (Vicky's father was a diplomat) and they impress each other with their extensive knowledge of foreign languages. At the end of their evening, Indy invites Vicky to join him on his trip to Oxford and she accepts. Once at Oxford, they head for Miss Seymour's home. There, she tells Indy that his father is very worried about him and makes him write a letter home. While Indy is busy writing, Miss Seymour and Vicky get into a heated discussion about the methods used by the suffragette movement. Despite this, Miss Seymour likes and admires Vicky and invites the couple along to a dinner party. At the party, Vicky manages to get into another argument on the issue of women's suffrage, this time with Winston Churchill. The two spend an enjoyable few days in Oxford, biking, punting and growing closer. They then go to visit Vicky's parents who live close by. Vicky's mother, a suffragette injured during a hunger strike in prison, tells Indy more about the suffragette movement. After the two spend more time together, during which they confess their love for each other, they head back to London. Once back in London, Indy learns that Remy has received their call up papers. The night before he is to leave for Europe, he and Vicky go out for dinner. Indy asks Vicky to marry him. She refuses, saying that if they were to get married she would have to give up her dream of becoming a writer. Indy argues that it wouldn't have to be like that, but she persists. Angry and heartbroken, Indy leaves. The next day, Miss Seymour comes down to the station to see Indy off. Remy arrives with the news that he got married that morning. As the train pulls out, Indy spots Vicky in the crowd, but is unable to get to speak to her. Indy catches her eye as the train pulls out of the station and he and Remy head off to fight in the "War to End All Wars."
Indy and Remy see their first action as they fight in the Belgian Army at Flanders. All the officers from their troop die in battle and the remaining soldiers are relocated to the Somme where they are to join with the French Army. By this time it is August and The Battle of the Somme is about to begin. At the time this was one of the deadliest battles ever fought. Over one million soldiers (British, French and German) lost their lives. The British lost nearly 60,000 in one day, despite the fact that they outnumbered German opposition six to one. It is during this battle that the British first put the tank into use. As a corporal, Indy is the highest ranking surviving member of his unit. The French commander is not keen on loaning the company any of his existing lieutenants so he promotes a French sergeant, Moreau, to lieutenant and places him in command of Indy's unit. Moreau has some suspicions about one of the soldiers, a troublemaker named Jacques. Indy tells him that he suspects Jacques was the one who killed their commander. Later, Jacques tries to cause some trouble, but backs down before Moreau. Orders come down to recapture the Chateau La Maisonette, with the Belgian company leading the charge. The attack commences on schedule, but the men are soon pinned down in foxholes by machine gun fire. Indy and Moreau manage to get some grenades to some men who are closest to the gunners, who use them to knock out the machine gun nests. The charge continues. The soldiers meet the Germans in the first trench and hand-to-hand fighting begins. The Belgians are able to force the Germans to retreat. The troops work quickly to secure the trench. Moreau gets a communique that they were the only group to make it to the trench. Jacques provokes a fight with Indy which Moreau breaks up. The troops are preparing for the second stage of the offensive when the Germans attack with gas. Indy and Remy are forced to watch helplessly as a comrade who lost his gas mask in the charge dies horribly. An eerie silence descends on the battlefield. Then the Germans slowly begin their advance through the haze with a terrifying new weapon - the flame thrower. The Belgians retreat back to their own trenches, the entire offensive a failure. Later, orders come down granting the company a two day leave. They head for a nearby town where the men are able to bathe, wash their uniforms and unwind. Indy and another soldier challenge a pair of British soldiers to a game of tennis, but lose. After the game, Indy and the two British soldiers, Lt. Robert Graves and Lt. Ziegfried Sassoon, have a couple of beers and discuss literature. Sassoon is disgusted with the way the war has been dragging on and the way certain British businessmen have profited from it. He continues to fight though, as it is his duty. When the company gets back to the front, they are informed that a new attack is to be mounted on the chateau. The charge begins and the Belgians take the first trench easily. Indy lets Jacques know that Moreau suspects him of killing their officers. They charge the second trench but find it empty. Before the charge can continue, they are pinned down again by machine gun fire. Moreau decides to use an abandoned German tunnel to try to outflank the German gunners. Moreau, Indy and Jacques sneak into the tunnel but are attacked by a German soldier. Indy is able to sneak up on him and kill him with a bayonet. Once through the tunnels, they find that they are behind the machine gun nests, which they take out with grenades. The rest of the troops charge and take the chateau. The retreating Germans shoot and kill Moreau's friend and second in command, Sgt, Giscard. Later, Moreau is anxious as no reinforcements have arrived. He can't hold their position with only thirty men. Without warning, the Germans attack, killing Moreau. In the confusion, Indy sees Remy wounded, but can't get to him. Jacques saves Indy from an attacking German and informs him that even though he didn't kill their captain, his saving Indy doesn't make them friends. He is then suddenly shot dead by the Germans. As German soldiers overrun the chateau, the Belgian soldiers retreat. Indy, however, is captured and taken prisoner.
Indy is taken to a holding area for prisoners. There, he meets Emile, another soldier from his unit who has the uniforms of two dead French soldiers. They assume the officer's identities, Indy becoming a Lt. Blanc, as officers are treated better than enlisted men in the prisoner of war camps. Indy also moves through the other prisoners looking for Remy, but is unable to find him. While the prisoners are being transferred, the Allies start an artillery barrage. Taking advantage of the confusion, Indy and Emile try to escape. Unfortunately they unwittingly seek cover in a foxhole filled with German soldiers. They are recaptured and sent to a prisoner of war camp. Upon arrival, Indy and Emile begin to walk around, checking the layout. A prisoner kicks a ball too close to a fence and is almost shot by the guards as he attempts to retrieve it. Indy validates the man's story that it was an accident to a sceptical guard. The prisoner introduces himself to Indy and Emile as Captain Jaycees Benet and takes them to a meeting of French officers who are planning an escape. The officers have run into a problem with the tunnel they are digging - they are out of tunnel supports and places to hide the dirt. Benet suggests one concentrated effort to finish the tunnel in one night. They agree and Indy and Emile help out. Although they first miscalculate the distance to the outside, they finally complete the tunnel. As the men prepare to leave, the commandant comes into the barracks on a surprise inspection. He almost discovers the tunnel, but Benet distracts him by provoking a fight. Benet is thrown into isolation, but the commandant does not discover the tunnel. The rest of the French officers move through the tunnel. Indy and Emile bring up the rear but are spotted by the Germans as they exit the tunnel. Emile is shot and Indy is recaptured. The Germans, thinking Indy is Lt. Blanc, an officer who has previously escaped other German camps, sentences him to an inescapable prison known as Ingolstadt. Ingolstadt is an old castle located on a rocky island in the middle of the Rhein. It is a place for "incorrigible" prisoners. Upon arrival, Indy is introduced to the other prisoners who view him with suspicion, thinking he is a German spy. One prisoner, Captain Charles DeGaulle, calls Indy's bluff. He breaks down and tells them the whole story of how he assumed Lt. Blanc's identity. They then accept him into their ranks. The mail arrives and while everyone is scrambling for a package or letter from home, Yuri and Leonid, two Russian prisoners, are busy collecting the string from the packages. They claim it is an old Russian superstition. The next day, Indy meets Corporal Lambert, a British soldier in charge of the infirmary. Indy and DeGaulle also have a discussion about the changing art of war. As he returns to his room that night, Indy is approached by Yuri and Leonid, who want to know if he can throw a lasso just like a real American cowboy. They want his help with an escape plan of theirs. They have made a rope from all of the package string they've collected and will use it in their escape. Indy has his doubts, but agrees to go along anyway. The following evening, Indy joins the Russians. Their plan calls for Indy to lasso a spike on top of a building bordering the castle. They will then climb across and down the side of the wall to freedom. Indy manages to lasso the spike, but the Russians try to cross the rope at the same time, causing it to break and plunging them into the river to their deaths. The next morning, the German commander reprimands all of the prisoners. He brings out two body bags containing Yuri and Leonid to be displayed for all to see. Indy and DeGaulle hatch a plan to escape in the two Russians' coffins. They enlist Lambert and his two orderlies into the plot. As per regular procedure, the orderlies will take the coffins to a graveyard on the shore to be buried. However, they will only put an inch of dirt on top of the coffins so Indy and DeGaulle can dig out easily. The German guards are superstitious so they won't enter the cemetery and find out what is going on. All goes according to plan until the orderlies reach the shore. They are informed of a change in procedure; the bodies are to be cremated not buried. The orderlies have no choice but to load the coffins on the truck and head back to the island. Indy and DeGaulle escape from the truck before it reaches the crematorium and set off across the countryside. By dawn, they make it to a small village where they steal two bicycles. They are spotted by a German patrol. They split up as two motorcycled Germans give chase. DeGaulle is recaptured, but Indy loses his pursuer by dodging in front of a moving train. He is able to continue to the German boarder and freedom. His luck doesn't hold out for long. After escaping, he joins what he thinks is a German road-mending group. It instead turns out to be a work force of British POWs that are being taken to Berlin. Indy is caught during a roll-call, but quick thinking saves him again. He tells the camp leaders that he is a double agent for the Germans and is sent ahead to Berlin. Once there, Indy is able to contact the American Embassy.
Broadened by his experiences on the front, Indy decides to stay in Europe, despite being given the opportunity to return home. He joins with the French as a courier for the High Command, French Second Army stationed near Verdun. Remy is assigned to an infantry unit. There is some dissension among the French generals. The commander of the Second Army, General Robert Nivelle and General Charles Mangin are in favor of ordering a frontal assault to reclaim Fort Douaumont, which the Germans have captured. Their superior, General Henry Phillipe Petain is against the idea. The troops are undersupplied and outnumbered. He is overruled by French Commander-in-Chief General Joseph Jasques Joffre, who is under pressure from both politicians and the public for a quick resolution to the war. Indy is dispatched to the front with orders for the attack to be delivered to Colonel Barc. However, due to downed communications lines, the charge doesn't begin until after the French artillery fire ceases. The troops charge, but without the benefit of covering fire they are slaughtered by the Germans and their machine guns. No ground was gained and the French lost six hundred soldiers. Indy returns to the command late at night with the news from the front. The report reaches the generals who are dining in rather elegant surroundings. Nivelle is furious with the results. Meanwhile, Indy and the other couriers try to figure out the reasons the war is being fought in the first place, but without a satisfactory answer. Indy is just disgusted with the whole affair. The next day Indy receives word that Remy has been wounded and goes to visit him at a nearby hospital. Remy confides in Indy that he is afraid of going back to the front, but Indy manages to convince him that if he refuses to go he'll be shot by a firing squad. Later, Indy is enroute to the front with a message when he is attacked by a German bi-plane. Indy is blown off his motorbike by a bomb and the plane leaves him for dead. When Indy returns to headquarters, all the couriers are asked as to who speaks German. Indy replies that he does. He is promptly assigned on a mission to spy on the Germans. That evening, Indy crawls across no man's land and takes up a position listening outside a German command bunker. There he overhears that the Germans have two Big Berthas, large howitzers, on the way. Before he can learn anymore, he is discovered and barely manages to escape. Indy gives his report to Barc who then takes him to General Nivelle. Nivelle doesn't believe Indy and orders an attack readied. Petain argues with Nivelle, saying that they should try to confirm Indy's report. Nivelle ignores him. The next morning, Indy sees troops heading out towards the front with Remy among them. The two friends talk, knowing that it might be the last time they ever see each other. Petain orders an aerial reconnaissance which confirms Indy's report. He tries to persuade Nivelle to call off the attack, but Nivelle says that he is under orders from Joffre. Petain takes it upon himself to send written orders to the front calling off the attack. When Joffre finds out, he is furious. He calls Colonel Barc at the front to reinstate the attack. Barc says that he can't until he has a written countermanding order. Joffre quickly writes one out and gives it to Indy to deliver. Joffre explains to Petain the pressure he is under. Petain finds it all repugnant. On the way to the front, Indy, already bothered by the carnage he's seen, reaches a decision. He fakes being in a motorcycle crash, destroying the attack orders. No one ever found out what he did and a few hundred soldiers lived another day.
Two months after the Somme, Indy gets a break from his courier duties. On a two week leave from the front, Indy and Remy arrive in Paris looking for "adventure of the softer and sweeter kind." Remy knows of the best brothel in town and is anxious to take Indy there. Indy, however, has to visit friends of his father's, Professor Levi and his wife, and promises to meet Remy the next day. At the Levi's, Indy finds that Mrs. Levi has a full week planned with plenty of things for Indy to do. Unfortunately, they all sound frightfully dull and he makes an excuse to get out of them. However, he can't get out of going to a reception with them that night for the Under-Secretary to the Minister of War. While there, a gorgeous woman enters the room, catching everyone's eye. He is told that she is the infamous Mata Hari, an exotic dancer. There is a debate among some of the society members present as to whether her act is scandalous or not. Indy does manage to get to be introduced to her. Later, he follows her into a separate room where they talk. He lies and says that he's seen her dance. She asks him to dinner for in the evening. He goes to her hotel and finds that there is a note waiting for him. She has been delayed and would he wait in her room for her. As he goes upstairs, he is watched by a suspicious looking man in the lobby. The next morning, the watcher is still there when she comes back to find him asleep on the couch. She wakes him up and they call room service for breakfast. Things get cozier and they make love. Afterwards, she tells him that he seems to be untouched by the horrors of war and that he should go to Africa where it is safer. That afternoon, they go for a walk, unaware that they are being followed. She tells him to try and forget the war while he is on leave. He tells her that he loves her. They see some artists and Mata Hari tells Indy that she's always wanted to create something that will get people to talk. Perhaps that is why she dances. Indy wants to spend the evening with her, but she has a dinner party to go to. They make plans to meet afterwards. Later, Indy meets Remy at a cafe. He is there with two prostitutes. Indy apologizes for being late, saying that he's having a hard time getting away. They figure out that he's in love. That evening, Indy goes to Mata Hari's hotel room to wait for her. He finds some pictures of her with other men and a beautiful engraved silver jewelry box that was a gift from a wealthy count. When she finally returns at dawn, Indy is upset and asks who she was with all night. She thinks that he's being unreasonable as they've only known each other forty-eight hours. She calms him down and they make love. Later, she tells him that she has to move out of her country house as it has become too expensive to maintain. She needs to go out and supervise the workmen putting her things in storage and asks Indy to accompany her. As they sort through some things, Indy finds some of her old costumes and admits he never saw her dance. She changes and performs a highly erotic dance for him that ends with them in bed. Afterwards, she has to run some errands and leaves Indy in charge of the movers. They make plans to meet that evening. The movers give Indy a ride back to the hotel, but he just misses her. He finds an address on her dressing table and goes there to find her having dinner with another man. As they leave, he follows them, unaware that he is also being followed. They go down to a rather shady area of Paris, where Mata Hari takes her gentleman into an apartment building. He climbs up the side of the building to a window and peers in. When he sees them kiss, Indy loses his footing and falls into a pile of garbage below. Indy gets up and spots his shadower and attacks him. The other man's partner comes out and they place Indy under arrest. At police headquarters, Indy is in big trouble. They question him about his false name and age on his enlistment papers. They think he might be a spy. They also ask him about his time with Mata Hari. He tells them that he hasn't talked about the war. He tries to ask them what it is all about, but they won't say. They tell him to stay away from her and that his leave is canceled. He has twenty-four hours to report back to his unit. He goes to her hotel room, angry, and tells her what has happened. She is unconcerned whether they think she is a spy or not since she has friends in high places who will help her. Indy tells her that he feels like he has been used and they argue. Mata Hari tells Indy that he's too young to really know what is going on in their relationship. He tells her that he has to go back to the front in he morning. She softens, feeling genuinely sad and asks him to stay the night. Later, he gets up, dresses and leaves to return to his unit before she wakes up.
It is November and Indy and Remy, sick of the war in Europe, request and receive a transfer to Africa. Upon their arrival, they receive promotions to lieutenant. They are assigned to a unit stationed at Lake Victoria in Nairobi. However, they board the wrong train and end up in Moshi. They get directions for the right train, but still manage to board another wrong train. The second train breaks down and the engineer sets off to bring back a repair crew. Unfortunately, this will take about a week. Consulting a map, Indy finds another line running parallel to them ten miles east. He and Remy head out. While admiring the beautiful sunset, Remy realizes that they have been heading in the wrong direction. As they try to make their way back to the train, they find an allied camp staffed entirely by old soldiers. Indy and Remy ask to see the commanding officer who turns out to be none other than Captain Fredrick Selous, whom Indy had met when he was in British East Africa at age nine and Selous was hunting with Roosevelt. Indy explains to him the situation and Selous promises to take him to his commanders, General Jan Christian Smuts and Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, and explain the situation. He takes Indy and Remy to a section of the front lines that is under heavy bombardment. Meinertzhagen figures that the Germans have a battleship cannon mounted on a railway flatcar. Before he realizes what has happened, Indy finds himself "volunteered" by Selous to be part of a group called the 25th Royal Fusiliers that is to find the train and destroy it. The other members of the group include Bernie Salt, naval expert, Big Mac, demolitions expert, Mr. Golo, an expert native tracker, Zoltan, a mechanic and Donald Parks, strategist. Selous is in command. Remy is furious when Indy tells him and is convinced that they will both be shot as deserters. The group set out on horseback. That evening, they make camp. Selous admits to Indy that they don't have much of a plan, and that they will just improvise. The Germans begin shelling and Selous times the shells' flights, estimating a location for the rail line. That morning, Indy accidentally gets the explosives wet. Big Mac is furious, but says everything should be all right even though he's not sure about the detonator caps. They set out and soon find a German camp set up along some rail lines. Waiting until dark, they walk right into the camp, posing as drunken soldiers. They split up and Indy is sent off to steal toilet paper. He also steals a car with Bernie. They meet the others outside of camp. They had procured a railway handcart. Indy and Bernie are given the handcart and the rest will take the car to the other end of the rail line. Starting at opposite ends, they'll push towards the center and find the gun. Indy and Bernie catch up to the gun train early the next morning. It fires once and then starts down the line. They race after it. Meanwhile, up the track, the others spot the train coming and hide. Indy and Bernie try to catch up to the train, but lose site of it when it disappears behind a hill. Eventually they come into sight of the others, but the train did not pass them. It has seemingly disappeared! While the others try to decide what to do next, Indy examines the toilet paper they stole, which is actually old documents being "recycled" due to the scarcity of paper. One of the documents is an order for forty miles of telegraph cable. They find the cable buried along side of the track and follow it. It leads to a dead end at the side of a cliff face. Further examination of the cliff face reveals that it is artificial, hiding the entrance to a cavern. They sneak in and find the train. Big Mac immediately begins supervision of the laying of the explosives. They have to hurry when some Germans begin to approach the train to prepare for another mission. They quickly set the timers and get to cover. Unfortunately, nothing happens due to faulty wiring in the timers. They have to go back and reset them. Selous manages to jump the shovelman, knocking him unconscious. Indy is to replace him in the engine's cab and try to delay the train's departure. Despite his best efforts, the train begins to pull out of the cavern with the rest of the group hanging onto the side. Big Mac and Zoltan go back and reset the timers. Indy throws the two engineers out of the cab so the others can get in. Soldiers further back on the train spot the engineers' "departures" and try to storm the engine. A fire fight ensues. They manage to separate the car with the soldiers from the front half of the train and make off with the gun. Indy suggests breaking through the German lines and taking the gun right back to the Allied lines. Unfortunately, the German have telegraphed ahead. They manage to blow up a section of track and send soldiers down to meet the train. The group stops the train and manages to escape under the cover of steam. From a couple of hundred yards away, they witness the German troops arriving and disarming the explosives. Selous takes out a sharpshooter's rifle, intending to shoot and detonate the dynamite. Indy is sceptical of him making the shot, however, Selous manages to do it. The train explodes and they head back to Allied lines.
Remy is glad to see Indy for he is anxious about rejoining their unit. Meanwhile, General Smuts is telling the others about the chance to capture General Paul Von Letow-Vorbeck, a German officer who has been a thorn in the Allies' side. Indy arrives and asks the General for a letter to his commanding officer explaining the circumstances of their tardiness. Selous convinces Indy to take an alternate route to Lake Victoria and that they'll accompany him on the trip. They neglect to tell Indy that the new route will bring them close to where the reports saw Von Letow-Vorbeck is. Since they'll be passing through German territory, they disguise themselves as Boer settlers. Remy is not happy with the plan, especially since he's the one who has to wear the dress. On the first day out, they spot and overtake a German courier. It is a woman by the name of Margaret. Selous knows her and her mother, who is one of the finest aviators in Africa. They take her prisoner and make camp that night. Indy takes Margaret something to eat and tries to engage her in conversation. She tells Indy that they'll never catch "him," but he doesn't know what she is talking about. He asks Selous about it, but he feigns ignorance. The next day they encounter a German patrol. They hide Bernie and Margaret in a secret compartment, however, their disguises don't fool the Germans and they are taken prisoner. The wagon is searched, but Bernie and Margaret are not found. At the German camp, they are brought before Von Letow-Vorbeck who recognizes Selous. They exchange some polite compliments before Von Letow-Vorbeck orders them to be shot in the morning. Until then they are placed in a prison cell. Later that night, Bernie emerges from the hidden compartment and makes his way to where the group is being held. Knocking out the guard, he frees them. They sabotage the Germans' motor pool and reconnaissance plane so they can't be followed. They take one car for their own escape. Selous decides that they should try to kidnap Von Letow-Vorbeck. They sneak into his tent and take him easily. Meanwhile, Margaret has kicked her way out of the compartment and sounded an alarm. The group splits up, leaving Indy and Remy with Von Letow-Vorbeck. They take cover in a large basket which turns out to be a balloon gondola. As the German soldiers get closer, Indy launches the balloon. It floats to where the others are waiting with the car, but Indy can't get it to land. With the German soldiers closing in, the others have no choice but to make their escape. Indy gets the balloon high enough to make their own escape. The next day, Von Letow-Vorbeck is becoming increasingly disgusted with Indy and Remy's ineptitude. He checks his compass and tells them that they are heading for German territory and that he'll be glad to accept their surrender. They take the compass to check for themselves and find that they are actually heading towards the north which is Allied territory. Just then, some pursuing German troops come into range and begin to open fire, puncturing the balloon. Despite Indy's frantic attempts at patching and Remy throwing over the ballast, they lose altitude and the balloon starts skimming the ground. Indy has to fight off the few soldiers daring enough to try to board the balloon. It seems hopeless when the balloon suddenly gets swept into an updraft and floats out over a cliff, stranding their pursuers. As Indy finishes patching the balloon, Margaret shows up in the repaired reconnaissance plane. Remy pulls out a heavy machine gun and manages to hit the plane, disabling it. As she comes around for one last pass, Indy tries his hand at the machine gun. Unfortunately, it walks up on him and he winds up shooting the balloon to ribbons. The craft makes a soft crash landing. They must now proceed on foot. As they walk, Von Letow-Vorbeck tells how he has managed to run circles around the Germans for the last two years. He explains that the soldier has two imperatives - one is to follow orders and the other is to stay alive. The next day, they encounter some tribesmen who look threatening. They try to run for it, but are followed. Indy gives Von Letow-Vorbeck a gun as a gesture of trust. The tribesmen have the three surrounded, when Margaret appears and buzzes them in the repaired reconnaissance plane. The tribesmen flee in terror. She lands and Von Letow-Vorbeck tries to escape to the plane. Indy pulls a gun on him and Margaret pulls her gun on Indy. Remy is pointing his rifle at Margaret. They are trapped in a standoff and German soldiers can be seen coming in the distance. Following Von Letow-Vorbeck's logic, Indy concludes that since he has no specific orders concerning Von Letow-Vorbeck his first responsibility is to stay alive. He lets Von Letow-Vorbeck go. In return, he gives Indy and Remy his compass and promises to call off the soldiers. Two days later, Indy and Remy are still making their way back to Allied territory when they find Selous and the rest of the group. Selous offers them a ride. They just might have to make a stop or two along the way....
By December Indy and Remy have finally made it to their Belgian unit near Lake Tanganyika. They are assigned to a company of native Askaris under the command of Major Boucher. During an attack, Indy sees an opening in the German defenses and rallies the men to charge, even though Major Boucher has ordered a retreat. During the charge, Indy goes down, seemingly shot. After a moment he gets back up and continues the charge. He single-handedly captures a machine gun nest and turns it on the Germans. A rout ensues. It turns out that the bullet that hit Indy was actually reflected off of the locket he received from Princess Sophie when he was a child. This earns the respect of the natives who now view Indy as one with powerful ju-ju, or magic. Boucher, however, is furious with Indy, but since his actions helped defeat the Germans in the area, he is given a promotion to captain. Major Boucher receives orders that he is to lead his company on an expedition across the Congo to get much-needed weapons and supplies from Cape Lopez, a trip of over two thousand miles. Indy is not thrilled at the prospect of the trip or of spending so much time with Boucher. However, their commanding officer, Colonel Mathieu, feels that they'll temper each one's personality. The company sets out, but the way is hard. They travel across desert and jungle, occasionally losing men to accident or disease. Along the way, they come across an apparently deserted village. Upon investigation, they discover that everyone has died from small pox with the exception of one small child. Boucher orders the child left behind in order to avoid infecting the company. Indy disagrees but is overruled. Indy's sergeant, Barthelemy, complains but Indy has his orders. The company presses on. Some men start to fall sick from yellow fever. Boucher orders these men left behind with limited rations and orders to make it back to the base. Again Indy clashes with Boucher, but backs down. When the company stops and sets up camp for the night, Indy discovers that Barthelemy has snuck the Ubangi child along. As much as he hates to, Indy tells Boucher. Again, Boucher orders the child to be left behind. The next morning when the company forms up, Barthelemy has the child with him. He refuses to leave him behind even when ordered by Boucher. The rest of the company stand with him. Faced with such insubordination, Boucher begins to rant and act irrational. Indy is forced to take command. They continue on with the child. By Christmas Eve, most of the men still alive have fallen sick. Indy begins to wonder if they'll ever reach Cape Lopez.
When Boucher falls ill, Indy orders a litter built over Boucher's objections. They finally reach Franceville, the beginning of the last leg of their journey. Here, they hire Sloat to take them to Cape Lopez, five hundred miles down river. Along the way, their boat is attacked by a group of deserters. Barthelemy is wounded but the boat is saved from running aground when the Ubangi child takes the rudder and steers it to safety. Further down the river they pass a hospital, but Sloat says that it is run by a German. Boucher orders them to continue. More men die. Finally Cape Lopez comes into view, but Boucher dies before they can dock. His last order to Indy is to wire the boat with explosives for the return trip and blow it up if the Germans try to capture it. The fort doctors examine the Ubangi boy and give him a clean bill of health. Barthelemy isn't so lucky, he dies from his wounds. Indy gives the boy to the missionary nuns to raise and tells them his name is Barthelemy.
At Cape Lopez, Indy is told by the commander that he can't spare any men to help Indy with the return journey. Indy vows to make the return trip with the small band that is left. Remy thinks Indy is crazy for trying. They fight, but Remy capitulates. They load the weapons and supplies onto Sloat's boat. Sloat is not happy with Indy rigging the ship with explosives. They start backup the river, but the diseases that plagued them on the trip down continue to decimate the company. Soon, as all the crew is on the verge of death, the boat is boarded by a black man speaking German. A fevered Indy panics and tries to set off the explosives, but he is knocked unconscious. Her reawakens briefly to find himself being carried off the boat, but loses consciousness again. Indy reawakens to a German doctor who gives him some medicine and tells him he is not a prisoner. That night, Indy sneaks out to try to escape. The doctor comes out to the boat and tries to convince Indy to come back to the hospital ward, but he refuses. Later a woman comes out to see Indy. She introduces herself as Mrs. Schweitzer and the doctor is her husband, Albert Schweitzer. She has brought Indy some tea and tells him that he was unconscious for five days. The next morning, Indy awakens on the boat, unmolested. Schweitzer arrives to inform him that only five of his company have survived. Remy has lost two toes to jiggers. Indy apologizes to his friend saying that they never should have attempted the trip back. That evening, Indy dines with the Schweitzers. They discuss the reasons for the doctor's missionary work. A few days later, messengers arrive from a tribe upriver asking for help. Their chief's son is ill. Indy and Sloat take Schweitzer up river on the boat and Schweitzer is able to save the chief's son. Later, around a campfire, the chief asks about the war in Europe. Schweitzer has to put the idea of the devastating loss of life into terms that the chief would understand and tells him that more than ten men have been killed. This causes concern with the chief. When Indy and Schweitzer arrive back at the hospital, they find French soldiers rounding everyone up. They are under orders to expel all Germans from French territory. Indy tries to reason with the captain of the soldiers, but to no avail. Indy is also told that the guns are no longer needed. The entire trip, including the loss of life, was for nothing. As the boat with the Schweitzers slowly heads down the river towards Cape Lopez, the sick natives return to their tribes in the jungle to die. Back at Cape Lopez, Indy argues with the fort's commander, but again it accomplishes nothing. Indy is ordered to take the weapons back to Europe on the next available steamer. Indy and Remy go to see the Schweitzers off. Albert leaves Indy with some words of wisdom - "A little subversion is good for the soul."
Indy and Remy leave the war in Africa and return to France to join the Belgium intelligence division. After all of the horrors he's seen in the trenches, Indy wants to do whatever he can to put a stop to the war. Indy and Remy attend courses on spy tactics and Indy comes to realize that the Belgium intelligence unit is badly organized and ineffectual in comparison to the French and British intelligence services.
After a month of training, Indy decides that if he and Remy are going to make a difference in the war at all, they are going to need to be transferred to the French intelligence service. Indy forges papers ordering him and Remy to be transferred to the French intelligence service and Remy delivers them. The two are called into the French secret service headquarters and are told that their service records in the Belgium army are outstanding as are the forged papers requesting their transfer. Just as the two begin thinking that they are going to end up in jail, they are told that the intelligence service can use men like them. The two are asked if they can cook and Remy says that he can. They are also asked if they have any experience with airplanes. Indy says he does even though he hates flying for fear of ending up with housekeeping duty. Remy is assigned to be an intelligence contact at a cafe in Brussels and the main contact with the Belgian Underground. And Indy is ordered back to the Western Front to do photographic reconnaissance for the 124th Squadron, a group of volunteer American pilots fighting for the French army, until a new assignment comes in. Remy sees Indy off as he prepares to leave for his own assignment in Belgium. Indy arrives at the squadron base and meets Raoul Lufbery who tells Indy that he'll be flying with Lt. Harold Green and taking photos, not analyzing them. Indy meets the members of the 124th Squadron, one of whom is Hobie Baker, who Indy used to run errands for at the college his father taught at. Indy learns that the longest any reconnaissance photographer has last with the squadron has been eight days. The next day, Indy is about to take a photo of the squad when the French flying ace Charles Nungesser lands. Indy is told he's the best in the squad, but after looking at the number of bandages he has on, Indy thinks he looks more like a walking accident. Later, the squad is informed that General Nivelle needs photos taken of a reported arms build up at the railroad yard in Ham which is about 40 kilometers behind the line. Indy gets his first taste of the dangers involved in flying low over enemy territory while trying to take photos. He manages to get the photos taken, but a squadron of German fighters attacks them. The plane Indy is in is hit and the Green thinks the wheels might have been shot off. He orders Indy to climb out on the wing to see if the wheels are still there and Indy barely manages to hang on as Green is forced to flip the plane around to avoid German fire. In the process, however, Indy gets a close up look at the wheels which are still there. Their plane is shot once again and they are forced to make an emergency landing in German territory. Green is shot in the arm as they run from the crashed plan and both men are captured by the Germans. Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the ace German fighter pilot who would later become known as the "Red Baron", lands and claims the crashed plane as his trophy and Indy and Green as his prisoners since he shot them down. Green is taken to a hospital and Indy is invited to von Richthofen's castle to be his "guest" for lunch. Back at the 124th Squadron base, the other men report in and Hobie immediately heads back to search for Indy and Green. At the Baron's castle, Indy is told by von Richthofen's brother how the Baron lives to hunt and how they are like knights adorned with colorful scarves and the fighter planes are their steeds. Indy asks why they don't just paint their planes red. Von Richthofen asks Indy if he knows Nungesser who shot down his brother. He tells Indy that he feels obliged to avenge his brother and Indy watches as he writes a challenge for Nungesser to aerial combat. Later, Indy is sent to a German prison and von Richthofen orders his plane to be painted red. On the way to the prison, Indy manages to escape and commandeer a German car. Hobie spots him from his plane and manages to pick him up. The two arrive back at the base just as a German plan flies by dropping von Richthofen's challenge to Nungesser. Nungesser is in Paris, so the rest of the squad goes to bring the challenge to him. Nungesser accepts the challenge and asks Indy to accompany him to take photos of his victory. Indy reluctantly agrees and flies with Hobie as they and Nungesser head off to the designated sight the next day. Nungesser manages to shoot von Richthofen, but Indy and Hobie are not certain if the plan went down. A full German squadron suddenly attacks them and Nungesser is shot down. Indy and Hobie return to the base and develop the film which confirms that Nungesser shot down von Richthofen. Nungesser is brought back to the base having been rescued from No Man's Land where his plane went down. He tells them that he thinks von Richthofen managed to land. Back in Germany, Anthony Fokker, the leading German designer of fighter planes, shows von Richthofen the new fighter he has designed, the Fokker DR-1 Triplane, which is much more powerful than the Baron's Albatross which Nungesser shot down. Back at the base, Nungesser says goodbye to Indy as he heads back to Paris, but promises to be back in time to take Indy back to Paris himself when Indy's assignment is up. Von Richthofen sees the picture Indy took of his plane going down in the newspaper and tells his brother that next time he will shoot the cameraman down first.
Indy manages to survive on many reconnaissance missions over the next week, taking him into early April, but on the last day of his assignment the squad is called in by Lufbery and told about a possible new German airfield that intelligence has learned of. They believe it to be the homebase of the recent night bombings that have been made by the Germans. Indy is ordered to fly with Hobie and get pictures of the airfield to determine exactly where it is. The 124th Squadron flies over the enemy lines and Indy gets the pictures taken, but von Richthofen and a squadron of German fighters attack. Richthofen shoots up Indy and Hobie's plane and they begin to plummet towards the ground. At the last minute they manage to pull out of their fall and land the plane back at the base. Indy prepares to leave and is told by Hobie and Raoul that Wilson has declared war on Germany and America is now in the war. Raoul tells Indy that the 124th squadron will be turned over to the Americans. Indy tells them that he just hopes he never has to fly again. Just then, Nungesser shows up to take Indy back to Paris. On the way, Nungesser tells Indy that he's been given a special assignment. Nungesser drops Indy off at the French Intelligence Headquarters. Indy reports in and is told of his next assignment: to contact Fokker and persuade him to defect to the French. He is to tell Fokker that if he accepts, another agent will arrive and make arrangements to get him out of Germany. He is told to report to room 13B for debriefing. Indy goes to 13B and is given his travel papers to Hannover and his new identity to travel under. Indy is then told to go to room 13C. He does so and is given a full compliment of spy-related items hidden in his clothing such as maps hidden in his suit, materials to make a camera hidden in his right shoe and a retractable knife hidden in his left shoe. He is also given a suitcase and a vial of invisible ink and told to go on to room 13A. In 13A, Indy is told that he should try to reach Fokker at a hotel in Hannover where he will be staying on his way to a German military base. Indy is given the letter for Fokker detailing the French government's offer and is told he will leave for Hannover that night. Indy finds that the pilot who is flying him to Hannover is Charles Nungesser. Indy is upset to find out that he won't actually be landing in Hannover, but instead has to parachute down. Indy lands in the middle of town and manages to hide the parachute before he can be discovered. He checks in to the hotel that Fokker is staying at, but finds out that he has arrived just as Fokker is leaving. Indy is unable to deliver the letter, so he follows Fokker onto a train heading to Ahlhorn. Fokker is traveling with German military officers Admiral Werner and General von Kramer and thus the only way Indy is able to contact Fokker is by dressing as a steward and slipping a note into Fokker's pocket. They arrive at Ahlhorn and Indy posses as Fokker's valet in order to accompany Fokker and the German's heading to the military base. Meanwhile, Nungesser is waiting in Hannover for Indy and decides that if Indy doesn't show by nightfall he will have to leave. Indy brings Fokker's bags to his room and at last gets to speak with him. He gives Fokker the letter, but Werner and Von Kramer arrive for Fokker with aircraft designer William Forssman and a compliment of German military officers before Indy can get a reply. Indy hides as Fokker is told by Forssman that he has designed a new aircraft fighter which will be arriving later in the day. Fokker heads out with them and Indy writes a letter to French Intelligence which appears to be a request for a hotel reservation, but in invisible ink contains a warning of the new secret weapon. Indy is able to meet with Fokker again later and Fokker tells Indy that he is not interested because the money the French are offering is too little and the facilities in Germany are far better. Indy tries asks him if he cares if his work is put to the use of good or evil. Fokker tells Indy that science thrives in the times of war due to the money government's put towards weapons development and in the end humanity as a whole benefits from the advances in technology. He tells Indy to leave, but on the way out Indy steals Fokker's cigar box. Indy sneaks into the barracks and steals a German uniform. He turns the cigar box into a makeshift camera with the supplies he was given by French Intelligence. Baron von Richthofen arrives at the Ahlhorn base to see Forssman's invention. Indy bluffs his way into one of the cars headed towards the airfield to see the invention. Once there Indy witnesses the arrival of Forssman's monstrosity, a gigantic triplane with ten engines that can fly from Germany to New York in order to drop bombs. Fokker claims that if he is allowed to work on it he can make it fly twice as far. Indy takes pictures of it from the top of a hanger, but von Richthofen spots him. German soldiers rush Indy, but a shot from a soldier's gun ignites fuel stored in the hanger. Indy escapes in the confusion and the fire ignites the hydrogen stored in the hanger for the Zeppelins. The resulting explosion takes out the entire airfield including the Forssman's new aircraft. Indy steals a motorcycle and makes his way back to Hannover where he arrives just in time to catch Nungesser before he leaves and the two head back to Paris.
Indy is run off the road while on his bike by a car driven by two young men as he rides to French intelligence service headquarters to learn of his next assignment. When he arrives, he learns he is there to meet the two young men who ran him off the road. They are a bit disappointed in him as Indy does not fit their idea of a spy. Indy learns that they are the Princes Xavier and Sixtus of Borbon-Parma and he has been assigned to escort them to meet with their brother, Emperor Karl I, in Vienna. The Emperor wishes to negotiate a separate peace with France and Britain. Such a move would seriously weaken Germany and help bring the war to a rapid close. At the railstation, the three are given forged papers and told that once they are in Austria to await contact from an operative named Schultz. On the train, Indy is upset with the brothers' carefree attitude. He takes from Sixtus a letter written by their sister Empress Zita and burns it. If they had been discovered with the letter they would have definitely been shot as spies. At the Austrian boarder, they separate to pass through the checkpoint. Indy and Xavier make it through, but Sixtus is taken by the secret service. Xavier starts to panic, but Indy calms him and gets him on the train. Sixtus rejoins them as the train begins to pull away from the checkpoint. Evidently, the secret service thought he was someone else. Indy thinks they might have let him go in order to shadow the trio. Just then a large woman enters the compartment and sits down, curtailing any further conversation. Later, a conductor enters to punch tickets, but takes Xavier's and Sixtus's. Indy follows the conductor to another compartment and questions him. It seems that there is some mix up with their compartment assignments. Indy goes to return to the compartment, but finds it empty except for one man. The man makes what Indy interprets as a threatening move and Indy attacks him. All he was reaching for was his cigars. Indy apologizes, realizes he is in the wrong compartment and heads off to the right one. Outside of Vienna, the three get off the train and await contact from Schultz. The large woman approaches them and identifies herself. She gives them new identity papers, that of Austrian soldiers on leave, and a car. She instructs them to drive to an address in Vienna and to introduce themselves as "friends of Frederick." They arrive at the address to find police carrying out bodies. An officer tells them that they have just smashed a spy ring. As they begin to drive away, a mysterious man gets into the car and instructs them to drive. All this is watched by a menacing-looking Prussian. The man introduces himself as Mr. Max and a friend of Frederick. He takes them to a cafe where he hands them over to two men. Indy is distrustful of the whole set up. Max leaves them, but is followed. The three are taken by car to a hunting lodge out in the country. There, in the basement, they finally meet Emperor Karl. Count Czernin, the foreign minister is summoned. Xavier and Sixtus tell them that France and Britain want peace, but with three concessions: (1) Austria must support certain French land claims, (2) Austria must recognize Belgian sovereignty, and (3) Austria must grant Serbia sovereignty. Czernin has some misgivings. He feels that the Kaiser would label their actions as treasonous. They have to balance the consequences of breaking their alliance with Germany with the war continuing. Karl also doesn't want to be known as the last Emperor of Austria. The Count says he will draft an acceptance letter. The letter the Count writes is vague. He says that they have to be able to have a fall back position in case the Kaiser finds out. Despite his misgivings about it, Karl signs it. The next day as the trio prepare to leave, Karl slips Indy another letter. Karl agrees to the demands and is suing for peace. Back in Vienna, they arrive at Mr. Max's but find him dead. They are ambushed by the Prussian's men and escape into the sewer after a chase across the rooftops and alleyways. They manage to get to the train, but are going to have a problem getting across the boarder with no new identity papers and still dressed as Austrian soldiers. At the last stop before the Austrian-Swiss boarder, the train is searched by the Prussian's men. The three hide in a women's bathroom to avoid detection. Indy is able to trick two of the secret service men into a trap as the train continues. He dresses Sixtus and Xavier up in their clothes and instructs them to get through the checkpoint and return the letter to France. The brothers get through the checkpoint just as the secret service men revive and sound an alarm. Indy is trying to sneak across the boarder on top of the train and manages to make it into Swiss territory where he immediately claims to be an Austrian deserter seeking asylum. He smiles at the Prussian man as he is taken away to safety.
By May Indy has been stationed in Barcelona, Spain. There he meets his colleagues in a cafe. They are Marcello, an Italian, Saul, a Frenchman and Cunningham from Great Britain. The three tell Indy that their ongoing assignment is to try to influence neutral Spain into the war on the side of the Allies. Their German opposites are being led by a Colonel Schmidt, who is Germany's cultural attache to Spain. They also inform Indy to get a job somewhere in the city, for cover. As he wanders the city in search of employment, Indy sees a poster advertising the El Ballet Ruso and that an old acquaintance, Pablo Picasso, is doing the set decorations. He goes to the theater and is reunited with Picasso, who first mistakes Indy for Norman Rockwell. Picasso introduces Indy to Mr. Diaguilev, the head of the ballet who, after making Indy remove his pants so he can see Indy's legs, offers Indy a job. Unfortunately, it is as a dancer in the ballet, playing a eunuch in a production of Scherazade. Indy returns to their headquarters, located under a barber shop, and tells the other three of his attempts at finding a job. They tell him that he should keep the position at the ballet. Schmidt has fallen in love with the chief ballerina. They're convinced that there is no better cover for him. The next day, Indy meets the chief ballerina, Nadia. Schmidt also arrives to court Nadia, but winds up exchanging cross words with Picasso before she can separate the two. That evening, Indy and Cunningham are at the harbor observing boat movements. Cunningham stresses to Indy the importance of keeping track of the movements of German submarines, even though it seems to Indy that he's turned it into a hobby similar to train spotting. Cunningham also congratulates Indy on his work so far, but is disappointed that Schmidt isn't in love with a duchess or other royalty. That would really cause a scandal. Indy suggests that they create the illusion that Schmidt is having an affair with a Contessa. In other words, they set him up. The next day during practice, Indy sneaks into Nadia's dressing room to steal one of Schmidt's love letters. He is almost caught by Nadia's costumer, but she is nearly deaf and doesn't hear him. Nadia does catch him in her dressing room, but he manages to sweet talk his way out of trouble and land a date for lunch as well. He also manages to steal one of Schmidt's letters right out from under Nadia's nose. Back at headquarters, Marcello forges a copy of the letter, but addresses it to the Contessa of Toledo. The plan calls for them to make the Count think that Schmidt is infatuated with the Contessa, starting the scandal they need. The next day Indy picks up Nadia for lunch. She spots him sneaking the letter back to where he got it, but doesn't say anything until they have eaten. Indy says he read the letter because he is jealous of the count. Nadia appears to be touched and changes the subject. Later, Marcello impersonates Schmidt and stops the Contessa for directions. Appearing grateful, he kisses her hand, which does not go unnoticed by the Count's chauffeur. Later, the chauffeur goes to pick up the Count, but is stopped by a diversion set by Saul and Cunningham. Indy sneaks into the car to plant the forged letter, but winds up getting trapped inside. He is able to escape without being discovered. The Count discovers the letter and is infuriated. That evening before the ballet's performance, Nadia discovers that her letter was traced. She writes a note to Schmidt warning him and gives it to the old costume lady to deliver. Indy goes to see Nadia, but she brushes him off. He discovers that she knows about the plan and has sent a message to Schmidt. He can't get to the other three to tell them as he is rushed onto stage as the ballet begins. Meanwhile, Marcello, Saul and Cunningham sit in one of the private balconies. They send a note to Schmidt, allegedly from the Contessa, whose acknowledgment is noticed by an irate Count. On stage, Nadia notices that the old costume lady is heading in the wrong direction. She tries to signal her, but to no avail. On stage, Indy tries to signal the other three to intercept the old woman and the note. Meanwhile, the trio have sent Schmidt another note, whose response further infuriates the Count. Indy succeeds in signaling the trio in Morse code by flashing a spotlight off of a jewel on his costume's codpiece. Being the Ballet Ruso however, Indy's pelvic gyrations are interpreted as part of the show and he is given a standing ovation. The trio are unsuccessful at stopping the old woman, but she delivers the note to the wrong box anyway. After the ballet, an enraged Count challenges Schmidt to a duel. Nadia tries to warn Schmidt but is stopped by Indy who ties her up and puts her in a closet. Indy then tells the other three what happened and they are ecstatic. An hour or so later, Indy has changed and lets Nadia out of the closet. She tells him that Schmidt is an American double agent and that she's his contact. Indy takes her to headquarters where they get confirmation of her story. By the time the verification arrives however, it is almost time for the duel. Marcello, Saul and Cunningham immediately hatch a number of ludicrous plans to stop the duel, but Nadia suggests telling the truth. In order to do that, they have to go to the theater to get the letter that Marcello forged. Upon searching Nadia's dressing room for it to no avail, they race down to the basement and retrieve it before it is burned with the trash. They race to the bullfight arena and stop the duel just as the bullets are about to fly. After some quick explanations, the duel is called off. This puts the four spies back to where they started.
In July of 1917 Intelligence sends Indy to the French Embassy in Russia. Contrary to popular belief, the communists didn't topple the czar. He was overthrown by the starving masses of Russia at the beginning of the year. The provincial government, lead by Kurinski, are trying to decide on what kind of government to install, although they are leaning towards democracy. However, followers of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin are increasing and calling for a communist government. If Lenin were to come to power, he would pull Russia out of the war. Such a movement would allow Germany to commit all of its soldiers to the European front and quickly overrun the French. This worry means that several French agents, including Indy, have been assigned to the French embassy in Petrograd. Indy is to help other members of French Intelligence determine when the Bolsheviks are going to make their move. While there, he befriends several local students who are very passionate about their political beliefs.
After the revolution, Indy is pulled back from Russia. Indy meets with his espionage counterparts and is told that due to his outstanding performance in the field he has been reassigned by French Intelligence to work for Colonel Clouseau. Indy heads to Amsterdam to meet his contact and find out the details of his mission. His contact, disguised as a blind man, tells him he has to go to Prague in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, set up residence in an apartment and wait for a phone call from a double agent which will come in three days. He is told that the phone call is of momentous importance in helping to end the war. He travels to Prague disguised as a ladies underwear salesman named Amadeus Shooblegrueber. Upon arriving in Prague, Indy meets Clouseau, who is disguised as a street merchant, and gets the key to the apartment he is to receive the phone call in. Indy immediately falls asleep in the apartment and awakes the next morning to discover that the apartment's phone was removed by the authorities. Indy is told to go to the Ministry of Telephones in order to get a phone installed. After getting sent back and forth between the different departments in the Ministry of Telephones, Indy is told that his phone needs to be reported as stolen and is given a form which needs four stamps from four different places in order to get a new phone put in the apartment. The form, after getting the first stamp on it, accidentally blows out an open window and Indy risks his life chasing after it. Finally retrieving the form, Indy heads to the police department to get the first of the four stamps he needs. After arriving at the police station Indy is given a ridiculously long form which he has to fill out twice in two different languages. Indy is then brought into an interrogation room and begins to worry that the police must have somehow found out that he is a spy. The police interrogate Indy and try to get him to "confess," however, Indy has no idea what he is supposed to be confessing to. Indy swears he is just trying to report a missing telephone. Indy ends up in court, is found guilty and is locked in jail. The next morning, Indy tells the guard that he's been imprisoned due to an error and is given a form to fill out. After filling out the form, Indy is released along with his original form and the stamp he needs on it. Indy then goes to the Ministry of Insurance to get the next stamp he needs only to find out that he first needs to fill out form "27A." Indy goes to four different offices trying to find it only to learn from Franz Kafka that form 27A was superseded by form 27B. Indy explodes at Kafka telling him all of the trouble he's been through and demands to get his phone only to find out that he's in the wrong office. Kafka decides to help Indy track down the form. They locate the filling cabinet that has the form it it, but learn that the cabinet is locked and the key has been lost. Indy and Kafka try bring the heavy cabinet to the basement so the janitor can unlock it and end up riding the cabinet down the winding stair case, destroying half of the building in the process. The cabinet smashes, Indy gets form 27B and his original form gets the third stamp. Indy returns to the Ministry of Telephones, gets the final stamp and is told that the phone will be installed the following morning. The phone is installed, however, the workers inform him that someone from the connections department will be along in a few weeks to connect it. Indy finally manages to get the phone hooked up by dangling outside of his third story window with seconds to spare only to receive the call from the double who agent who tells him that he has to go to Berlin and arrange to have a phone installed.
It is October. The British forces have attacked the Turks in Gaza twice and failed. The General wants to be in Jerusalem by Christmas by taking Beersheba. Indy's old friend, T.E. Lawrence points out that that would mean crossing the desert and there's not a drop of water between them and Beersheba. Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen says that they could make it if the men travel light and make a lightening dash across the desert. The whole operation, however, will depend on the wells in Beersheba being full of water. They also will need to begin a major espionage campaign to make the Turks believe that they intend to continue their main attack on Gaza and put a trusted agent in Beersheba who speaks both Arabic and Turkish to keep a watch over the wells. Lawrence says he knows the man they want and he's working for French intelligence in Cairo. Indy's commander tells him he's been reassigned to the British and is to report to Meinertzhagen. Indy tells his commander that Meinertzhagen is the lunatic who almost got him killed in Africa when he was assigned to the 25th Royal Fusiliers to blow up a German train. Indy reports to Meinertzhagen and is taken bird watching with the Colonel and John "Jack" Anders who is part of the Australian Light Horse Brigade. The Turks attack them and Meinertzhagen is shot in the shoulder. The three manage to escape, however, the bag they were carrying with their orders is dropped and taken by the Turks. When the three return to the base camp, Indy learns that Meinertzhagen faked getting shot with the use of calf's blood and meant to have the Turks steal the bag which contains fake plans of an attack on Gaza. T.E. Lawrence arrives and Indy learns that he is the one who got Indy involved in this operation. Colonel Ismet Bey, head of the Turkish garrison in Beersheba and Captain Schiller, head of German intelligence, argue about whether or not the documents are legitimate. Schiller believes they are real and says he will inform General von Christenstein about the planned attack on Gaza. Bey, however, doesn't believe that they documents are real and decides to rig the wells with dynamite just in case the British plan on attacking Beersheba instead of Gaza. Back at the British base, Lawrence and Meinertzhagen explain to Indy how the 50,000 British troops that will march across the desert over a period of two days to attack Beersheba will only be carrying one canteen of water each and thus if they can't take Beersheba the same day they arrive with the wells intact and full of water they will be stranded in the middle of the desert and die. Indy's mission is to do everything he can to protect the wells. Indy and Ned talk over dinner and Indy tells him how he and his father don't talk much anymore. Jack arrives and introduces Indy to the rest of his troop. Later, Indy asks Jack why the Australians are not fighting in the war. Jack tells him that the British keep them in reserves most of the time because they don't trust them. Jack tells them how they are an infantry division that ride in quickly on their horses and then proceed on foot. Indy and Dex, one of the Australians, have a friendly horse race on the beach and Indy loses. The next day Ned and Meinertzhagen wake Indy and tell him that he is to travel to Beersheba disguised as a merchant and contact another agent named Kazim. He is given boots with a hidden knife in the right one and told he'll be traveling with another agent named Maya who will be traveling in the guise of a belly dancer. Indy practices throwing his knife before he heads out, but doesn't have any luck hitting the target. He says his goodbyes to Jack and the other Australians and leaves with Ned and Meinertzhagen. They meet up with Maya and Indy says goodbye to Ned. Maya asks Indy if they are heading to Gaza or Beersheba, but Indy tells her that is on a "need to know" basis and she'll be briefed when the time comes. They camp for the night and Indy again practices with his knife, but he still hasn't improved. The next day Jack tells the rest of his troop that they've just gotten orders to move out, but they haven't yet been told where they are headed. Indy arrives in Beersheba and bribes his way past the troops. He meets up with Kazim and learns about the wells being wired with explosives. Kazim tells him that so far Bey has been denied reinforcements from Gaza. Indy sends a courier pigeon back to the base with a note about the wells. Kazim points out Bey and Schiller to Indy who are eating in his cantina. Maya performs a belly dance and gives Bey one of her veils. After leaving the cantina, Bey removes the note from Maya hidden in the veil and learns that she still doesn't know where the British plan on attacking. Kazim tells Indy that tomorrow they will have to cut the wires to the wells individually. Indy meets with Maya and asks her to dance for Colonel Bey again tomorrow at exactly 1300 hours. Maya ask a if this means that the attack will be on Beersheba, but Indy doesn't confirm it. Indy and Maya spend the night together which causes Indy to arrive late for his meeting with Kazim. Kazim is caught digging up a wire at one of the wells as the British arrive at Beersheba. Bey tries contacting General von Christenstein to send troops from Gaza, but Schiller believes the British troops are a diversion for the real attack on Gaza and stops him from making the call. Australian Commander Harry George Chauver orders the British troops to advance and the Australian Light Horse Brigade to be kept in reserve. The attack begins and Indy writes a message to the British informing them that the plan has failed and Kazim has been arrested. He tells Maya that the real attack is at Beersheba and she shoots the pigeon carrying the message so the British won't have any warning that reinforcements will be arriving from Gaza. She brings Indy to Bey and informs them about the British attack. Schiller has Kazim brought in and tells Bey that he was beaten into admitting that the attack on Beersheba is a diversion and that they knew Maya was a double agent who they used to feed the false information to. Indy tries to stop Kazim from telling them that the real attack is on Gaza, but is unsuccessful. Indy breaks free and stabs Kazim in the chest with his knife. Indy is locked up and Kazim's body is removed. Schiller tells Bey that there will be no reinforcements. Chauver orders the Australian Light Horse Brigade to charge Beersheba instead of the British Cavalry in order to surprise the Turks. Kazim, far from dead, manages to slip away and manages to free Indy. They begin cutting the wires to the explosives as the Australians advance fast enough to ride in under the Turkish guns. Bey examines the knife Indy used to "kill" Kazim and finds out that it is a trick knife. Indy and Kazim manage to cut the wires around all of the wells except for one. Bey orders the wells to be blown up and the final well that Indy and Kazim were working on explodes. Indy tells Kazim that they need to stop them from rewiring the other six wells. Dex is shot dead as the Australians keep advancing. The Australians reach the garrison and begin fighting the Turks. Indy and Kazim go to the tower where the main switch board controlling the explosives is. Bey flees the garrison as Schiller holds off Indy and Kazim with a machine gun. Jack arrives on his horse and knocks the gun from Schiller's hands. Schiller runs into the tower and orders the explosives to be blown. Indy arrives just in time to shoot the Turk before he pulls the switch. Schiller jumps Indy and the two fight. Indy manages to shoot Schiller seconds before he can blow the explosives. The Light Horse Brigade manage to take the garrison. Indy tells Jack that it looks like they will be able to be in Jerusalem by Christmas to which Jack replies that he can't think of a better place he'd rather be at that time. The troops are finally able to relax and take a well deserved drink.
It is January 1918, which will prove to be the last year of the war. After an Austrian POW camp is attacked, Indy is sent to Romania to find a separatist general believed to be responsible. His group discovers a castle and locates the missing soldiers along with several others of various nationalities. While trying to leave, they meet the master of the castle, and Indy experiences another brush with the supernatural - the master is revealed to be a vampire that has created a personal army of undead soldiers. Indy succeeds in killing the vampire, Prince Vlad the Impaler, which frees the soldiers from Vlad's influence and allows them to finally rest in peace.
Six months later, in July, Indy is stationed in the mountains of Northern Italy, sneaking behind the German lines trying to persuade Czech conscripts in the Austrian army to desert. To this end, he has been meeting with some soldiers in an abandoned tunnel, making plans for their defection. After one such meeting, he meets with another spy who gives him documents to take back across the lines. After he gets back across no man's land to the Italian side, he washes up and heads out to see his girlfriend Giulietta. On the way there, he hitches a ride with two American ambulance drivers. One of them notices Indy's Belgian uniform and makes fun of him. Indy pretends not to understand and replies with insults in French. When they arrive at the village, Indy thanks them for the ride in English, embarrassing the loudmouth and giving the other one a good laugh. When Indy goes to Giulietta's house outside of town, he presents her with a single red rose. As she goes to put it in water, her grandmother points out that another suitor brought her a whole bouquet of roses. She tells him that he'll have to do better. Later, Indy is drowning his sorrows at a bar, when in walks the other ambulance driver. He introduces himself as Ernest Hemingway. Indy tells Ernie his problems and that he's afraid that the other guy is winning. Ernie tells him that love is like war and that he should fight for his girl. The two get drunk and Ernie promises to help him. A few days later, Indy is back across the German lines to meet his group of potential deserters. When he gets to the meeting place, he finds it empty. One of them arrives and says that the others are held up in the reserve lines and won't be back until the next day. They'll cross over to the Italian side then. Back on the Italian side, Indy changes and goes to see Giulietta, armed with a dozen roses and three bars of soap as a present. The other man had bought a couple of bouquets of flowers as well as a box of chocolates. Indy suggests that they go for a walk, but they wind up being chaperoned by her grandmother. Indy wanted to be alone with Giulietta, so he runs, dragging her along. They lose her grandmother in the bustle of the village square. Up on a hillside outside of town, Indy impresses her with the danger that he faces. They kiss, but unfortunately her grandmother finally catches up with them. The next day across the German lines, Indy is told that the Germans are planning an offensive in seventy-two hours. He then leads the defectors across no man's land. The Germans open fire on their own, but the Italians fire back and the defectors make it across. That night at Giulietta's, she plays piano while her father plays the cello. Umberto, her brother, tells Indy that the other suitor plays cello as well. Indy tells her mother that he plays the flute, an instrument she finds romantic. She invites him for supper the next evening, the occasion being Giulietta's birthday. Later, he tries to borrow a flute from a musician. Unfortunately, modern flutes are different from the ancient ones Indy knows how to play. He has to settle for a soprano sax. Ernie tells him that he can't fail. The evening of Giulietta's birthday, Indy shows up armed with flowers, gifts and the sax. Her father is upset and rushes into the kitchen to confront her mother. He had invited the other suitor for dinner. When Giulietta hears the news she bursts into tears. While the family fights in the kitchen, the doorbell rings. Indy answers it and finds Ernie. It slowly dawns on them both that he is the other suitor. Before they can come to blows, the family arrives to announce that dinner is ready. During dinner, Indy and Ernie try to out do each other, both of them heaping compliments on the food. After the meal, Ernie excuses himself. Before Indy can say a word though, the sounds of the cello drift into the room. Giulietta goes into the living room and begins to accompany Ernie on the piano. Indy grabs his sax and the three break into a spirited version of The William Tell Overture. As Indy and Ernie leave, they get into an argument on the front lawn, vowing war. A few nights later, Ernie shows up to serenade Giulietta on the concertina. Indy arrives a few moments later with a small band of troubadours. Things begin to escalate between the two. Ernie intercepts a shipment of flowers from Indy. Indy puts itching powder in Ernie's shorts. Eventually, the two decide that they are getting no place with their fighting. They go to see Giulietta to have her choose between them. When they get there, they find her being fitted for a wedding dress. She is marrying an old friend - Alfredo. On the way back to the barracks, they argue, oblivious to the German planes bombing the road around them. Ernie catches some shrapnel in the leg. As Indy runs to help him, he gets caught in a blast and knocked unconscious. Ernie somehow manages to pull Indy to cover. As they recover in the Army hospital, Ernie gets the medal he's always wanted. Indy gets word that he's being shipped to Rome. They agree to look each other up after the war. They also agree never to chase the same girl again, just as a pretty nurse comes into the ward.
September, and Indy has been stationed in Istanbul, Turkey where he is in charge of a small group of spies who are using the Balkan News Agency as a cover. His own cover is that of a Swedish journalist named Nils Anderson. Indy is to meet with the Turkish general Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and see if he would be interested in a separate peace with France. He also has a side bet going with one of his partners, Stefan, as to whether he will accomplish this or not. While there, Indy falls in love with Molly, an American schoolteacher working at an orphanage school, but hides his identity as a spy from her. One day, Indy is speaking at the orphanage and learns that he woman who runs the orphanage knows Kemal. He asks her to see about the possibility of an interview with him for an article on Turkish nationals. He also makes plans with Molly for a special dinner that night. At dinner, he asks her to marry him and she says yes. He doesn't have a ring, but gives her a bracelet instead. Later that night, Indy meets a contact in the an alleyway. He is told that "The Red Document" will arrive on Tuesday. Indy says that doesn't give them much time for what they have planned, but they have no choice. The next day, he finds out that Kemal has agreed to the interview. During the interview, he asks Kemal about Turkey's alliance with Germany. Kemal is not happy with it, stating that Germany's aims are different from Turkey's. He doesn't care what the Germans want, he just wants to maintain the integrity of Turkey. Indy asks him if he would be interested in a separate peace with France. Kemal gets a little suspicious and asks Indy if he has the authority to make such an offer. Indy hints that he does. Aware that his staff is listening to their conversation in the next room, Kemal tells him that he is in no position to consider such an offer. He then secretly makes plans to meet with Indy again. Back at the news bureau, Indy receives a message that their courier is to be met in a half an hour. With Stefan warning him to be careful, he rushes to meet him. While waiting at the drop-off sight, he sees the courier struck by a truck while crossing the street. Indy rushes to his side, but he is dead. The documents that he was carrying were in a briefcase, which was stolen. Indy calls a meeting of the entire station and tells them that the documents contained the French terms for a separate peace. The Turkish Army has become more disillusioned with the Sultan and would be willing to follow Kemal. But if people loyal to the Sultan got hold of the documents, Kemal could be considered a traitor. They conclude that the only one who could have known of the documents arrival is Vescari, a black marketeer. The next day, a contact meets Indy and tells him that Vescari does have the documents, but will not sell them. He might have a deal with the Germans. Indy, Stefan and two others go to Vescari's apartment, but find him drowned in the bathtub. Indy hears a noise in the main room and is attacked by a man with a knife, who stabs him in the arm. They give chase to the man outside and up to the rooftops of the city. Indy and Stefan finally corner the man, who has the documents. He tells them that Vescari was tipped off by an insider from Indy's group. He tries to run, but Stefan hits him and he falls to the street below, dead. Indy calls another meeting at the station where he reviews the documents. They are not what he expected. If they had fallen into the wrong hands, Kemal would have definitely been branded a traitor. Indy doesn't trust anyone in the group and says he is having background checks run on everyone. He then hides the letter. Going to bed that night, Indy sleeps uneasily. Someone breaks into his apartment and searches quietly for something. Not finding it, the intruder leaves. The next morning, Molly visits Indy. She orders him to bed and dresses the wound properly. She comes back in the evening and makes him dinner. He tells her he was stabbed while gathering research for an article on the black market. They also discuss their wedding. She decides that she wants to spend the night. The next morning, he walks her back to the orphanage. It is raining and he gives her his overcoat. Along the way, they see a fortune teller and she asks if their love will last forever. The fortune teller says yes, but after they leave, she sees something else in the runes that distresses her. Later, Indy is walking to the office, when he feels that he is being followed. He turns, and a man gives him a slip of paper which tells him to be at a certain place at six o'clock. It is the rendezvous for his meeting with Kemal. He retrieves the documents from their hiding spot and tells Stefan where he is going. Stefan is against his going, but Indy is insistent. He tells Stefan that if anything happens, he's in charge. Stefan is the only one Indy trusts. At the rendezvous spot, Indy is met by two Turkish soldiers who take him to see Kemal. Indy gives him the document. Kemal reads it and is furious. It is not what he wanted or expected. Indy suggests negotiating with the French, but Kemal refuses. He will achieve his dream of a free Turkey on his own terms. Indy leaves. On his way home, Indy is stopped by one of his fellow spies, Sadallah. He tells him that he just received word from headquarters as to who the double agent could be. Before he can tell Indy, however, he is shot by a man in an alleyway. The police begin to arrive and Indy has no choice but to get away. He calls a meeting with the rest of the station. He has decided to shut down operations for a while and everyone is to lay low. Molly comes to him at the news agency, very upset. Her employer has received a letter calling Indy a spy for the French and wants to know if it is true. He tells her that he is and that the had to lie about things in order to protect her. She doesn't seem to understand and begins to cry. He tells her the truth about himself and that he loves her. She says that she feels hurt and betrayed. Leaving, she tells him that she never wants to see him again. Later, at the orphanage, Molly spends some time thinking. She then puts on Indy's overcoat and leaves. Meanwhile, Indy is still at the office, when gun shots rip through the door. They miss him and he runs into the street, headed towards his apartment. He knows he is being followed. At the apartment, he burns the documents and builds a dummy for the pursuer to shoot at. As he hides by the door, he hears the other man slowly start to enter and take aim at the dummy. Just then, the door downstairs opens and a figure wearing an overcoat walks in. Thinking it is Indy, the other man turns and shoots, hitting Molly, who had come to see Indy. Indy charges out onto the landing and sees that it is Stefan who was trying to kill him. Indy shoots him dead. He runs to Molly's side, but she is dying. She tells him that she still loves him and still wanted to get married. She then dies in his arms.
Indy and Remy assigned back to the trenches with orders to arrest a Corporal named Bajendra Sing who is believed to be exchanging munitions data with the Germans. They chase him into No Man's Land and watch as he is shot by a German soldier he was conversing with. They reach Sing and find a map in Greek on him. As he dies he tells them that they must stop the other soldier and repeats "The Eye of the Peacock" over and over. Just then, a cease fire whistle is blown. After four long years, the Great War has finally ended and Germany has surrendered to the Allies. Indy and Remy resign their commissions in the Belgian Army and return to England where Remy is reunited with his wife Suzette and step children. When Miss Seymour fails to show up at the train station to meet him, Indy goes to her house to discover that Miss Seymour died from a fever a week earlier. Indy reads a letter left to him by Miss Seymour telling him that she wishes him to make peace with his father and make something of himself with his life. Indy stays with Remy and his wife for a while and Remy tells him that he had the map translated. They discover that the map they possess may be able to lead them to one of the diamond eyes from a golden peacock statue originally owned by Alexander the Great. When wine is accidentally spilled on the map, Indy notices that there is secret writing on the map that can only be seen when wet. They writing gives them a starting point for their treasure hunt and the two travel to Alexandria. They discover that archaeologist Howard Carter (who Indy met in Egypt in 1908) and are staying in the hotel they have checked into. Indy and Remy find another clue at a museum in a stone tombstone dating back to Alexander the Great's time. They meet a German man with an eyepatch at the museum who is drawing the tombstone. Back at the hotel they meet up with Carter and novelist E. M. Forster. Carter tells them of his search for King Tutankhamen's tomb. While Indy works on translating the inscription from the tomb, he discovers that a key is needed to be placed on the map in order to find out the exact location of the temple they are searching for. Indy and Remy are attacked in their room by the German man with the eyepatch (who turns out to be the soldier who murdered Singh in an earlier attempt to get the map) and a group of thugs. They beat off the men, but the map is stolen. In searching the German man's room they find that he has left on a steamship, unfortunately they find out that they missed the boat he left on by a half an hour. They head after him by train and arrive in Port Said where they board the ship that the German is on. Peaking through the German's window, they watch as he places the key on the map to get the location and then burn the map. Failing to see where the key pointed to, they decide to follow him to the temple and disembark the boat at Java. They check into the hotel where the German is staying and meet a woman named Lily who was sitting at the table with the German and a group of people. She tells them a little about the various people: Ku Wong, Jambi, a tobacco trader, and Jongrann, a diamond trader. After she leaves they overhear the three men call the German Zeik and that they have financed his expedition. They need to get the diamond to a "fat man" in Singapore who will pay triple the black market price within a week or he will be gone. They follow Zeik on horseback to the temple and manage to find a locked box believed to contain the diamond before he can. Zeik finds them and takes the box, however, Indy manages to steal the key from him which is needed to open the box. Indy and Remy return to the Zeik's room in the hotel where they find him dead. They find a ticket for a boat going to Singapore and find that Ku Wong, Jambi and Jongrann are also aboard. Indy meets up with Lily again who is aboard, but has no money. He lets her stay in his cabin as he sets off to search for the box with the diamond in the cabins of the other three men. Remy tries to distract the men with a game of cards while Indy searches, however Jongrann returns to his cabin before Indy can search the room. Indy and Remy both sneak into his room while he sleeps, but Jongrann wakes up and pulls a gun on them. Before he can shoot, however, pirates board the ship and start attacking everyone. The female pirate captain, who turns out to be Jin Ming, the singer from the ship's nightclub, demands everyone's possessions and Indy and Remy are surprised to find that Lily had the box. She tells Indy that she is the one who shot Zeik; he was supposed to be her partner, but he was going to kill her. The pirates also take the key from Indy. The pirates leave and Indy, Remy and Lily follow after them in a lifeboat. The three sneak aboard the pirate ship and manage to retrieve the box. The pirates attack and Lily is shot dead as she tries to escape with the box by herself. A fire breaks out on the ship and as the pirates flee on a lifeboat with the box, Indy and Remy follow on another lifeboat in pursuit. Both lifeboats run ashore on an island and everyone is attacked by headhunters. Remy manages to retrieve the box in the brief battle and he and Indy set out to sea again. Eventually, the land on another island and are captured by a group of natives who take them back to their village. Indy and Remy manage to show that they mean them no harm and the natives give them food and shelter. The next morning Indy befriends a small native boy named Biok, but later that day Indy and Remy are tied up during an initiation ceremony for the younger male tribe members. A tribe from a neighboring island arrives on boat and a ceremonial battle is played out. During the battle, Indy manages to free himself, but he runs to the aid of Biok when he sees him get hit by a spear. The boy dies and is carried back to the village by both of the tribes. The next day, Indy and Remy depart with the neighboring tribe and are taken back to their village where they meet anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. He tells them that the tribes do not want to fight, but do so because the "ghosts" want them to battle. Indy and Remy learn that a freighter comes by occasionally and that they will be able to get back to London. Back at Malinowski's house, Indy and Remy manage to pry open the box. Instead of finding a diamond inside, however, they find a stone and Remy explodes in rage. Over dinner, Malinowski tells them how he is documenting the culture of this tribe so that it won't be lost when it eventually changes. Remy returns to his room and Indy tells Malinowski how they have been treasure hunting. Indy says how he'd like to eventually return to the states and attend the University of Chicago to study archaeology. The next morning Indy shows Malinowski the stone which has an inscription on it. Together they work on translating it and discover what may be a clue as to the diamonds whereabouts. Indy begins to see how the treasure hunt has begun to become an obsession to Remy and begins to wonder if he wants to continue on in search of the diamond. Later, Malinowski asks Indy what he will do once he has found the diamond. Indy replies that he'd return to the states and attend college. Malinowski points out that is exactly what he wanted to do before he began his treasure hunt and that it is foolish to waste his time searching for something he does not really need while he could be pursuing his real dream. Indy later tells Remy that he's not going to continue on the search, but instead he is returning to the states. Remy tries to talk him out of it and, when he realizes that Indy will not change his mind, he tells him that he will continue on alone. Indy and Remy leave on the freighter and eventually go their separate ways.
The Germans have surrendered to the Allies and the Kaiser has abdicated and fled the country. By May the leaders of the Allied countries have gathered in Paris for the peace conference. The three main heads of the conference are French Premier George Clemenceau, British Prime Minister David Lloyd-George and United States President Woodrow Wilson. Indy has secured a job with the American delegation as a translator. His boss is pleased with his work and says that there will be a job available for him in the State Department when the conference is over. While there, Indy runs into T.E. ("Ned") Lawrence, who is helping to see that Arabia is awarded her independence. He believes that colonialism is dead now that dozens of countries are petitioning the conference for their freedom. He invites Indy along for dinner. At dinner, Ned introduces Gertrude Bell, a writer who has been championing the Arab cause. They are also joined by a member of the British delegation, Arnold Toynbee. Toynbee is afraid that the leaders of the conference will give in to the publics' outcries for blood and retribution. Indy tries to defend Wilson, saying that he is a good man. Toynbee says that Wilson is obsessed with his League of Nations idea and will concede anything to get it. The world is changing and history is now moving in a spiral, he says. If they try to push Germany down now, it will only rise again. He gives Indy some words of advice which he then later writes in his journal - "Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them." The next day, Wilson addresses the conference about his League of Nations. At dinner afterwards, Ned tells Indy and Gertrude about his dreams of a free Arabia. Unfortunately, it seems that politics may prohibit it. Although England promised Arabia its freedom, it also promised Arabia to France in exchange for Kuwait and its oil fields. A few days later, Indy is brought to Wilson's study to transcribe a conversation between Wilson, Lloyd-George and Clemenceau. They are arguing over Arabia. Wilson is not happy with Lloyd-George's and Clemenceau's secret agreement. He proposes a commission to find out the will of the people as to who should rule them. The other two reluctantly agree. That night at dinner, Indy tells Ned what happened. He is happy and feels that this will help free Arabia. However, he plans on not waiting for the commission, but having King Faisal present his case to the conference and run rings around Wilson. Indy is not happy with Ned's plan and they argue. Ned finally walks out. Indy goes to follow Ned, but is stopped by their Vietnamese waiter, who overheard the whole argument. The waiter wishes to talk to Indy, but Indy brushes him off in his haste to catch Ned. He does catch up to him down the street. Ned apologizes, saying that he's become cynical. He wonders how Indy got through the whole war without losing his ideals. A few days later, King Faisal of Arabia addresses the conference. Ned translates for him. Faisal asks for justice and the fulfillment of England's promise of freedom. He asks that his country not be divided up like war booty for the colonial powers. As Indy is walking home that evening, he is stopped by the Vietnamese waiter, who introduces himself as Nguyen. He says that he is part of a delegation of patriots who wish address the conference, but no one will see them. They are beginning to get desperate. Indy is not sure that he can help, but he will see what he can do. Indy presents the idea to his boss, who is against it. He tells Indy to forget what Wilson said about helping all the people of the world. Presidents may come and go, but diplomats will always stay. Indy does manage to persuade him to get the Vietnamese a hearing. Later, the Vietnamese delegation presents their request to some of the diplomats. All they ask for are certain freedoms and a voice in the French Parliament. They are told it would be considered. Outside of the hall, Indy apologizes, saying that he wished it could have gone better. Nguyen is happy that they at least got their chance to be heard. Another member of the delegation calls him Ho Chi Min, which means "Father of his Country." The delegation then leaves for home. At dinner, Indy is disgusted that no one seems to care. Toynbee tells him that no one is interested in the common people's interests except for Wilson. The real decisions are being made in private, with the colonial powers carving up the world for themselves. Indy wonders why they fought the war in the first place. Ned arrives and lets them know that the German delegation has finally arrived. They were delayed by the French who forced them to take a train ride through some of the worst areas of the battlefield. At the station, the train is met by an angry mob which the police can barely keep back. The German delegation is refused cab service and has to walk to their hotel. Indy and Ned talk about why they thought the war was fought. Ned originally thought it was to preserve democracy, but now is not sure that it was accomplished. As Indy is walking home, he sees the German delegation being followed by an angry mob of people. He follows them to the hotel, where a porter begins throwing out their luggage to the crowd. Indy is close to the front and manages to hand one of the bags back to a young German diplomat. The next day, the Germans come before the conference. Clemenceau says that there will be no negotiating of terms and that the Germans have fifteen days to sign the treaty. Later at the opera, Toynbee joins Indy, Ned and Gertrude. He says that Wilson has finally conceded almost all of his fourteen points. He also says that the terms of German reparation is even harsher than anyone thought that they would be. This plan will bankrupt Germany and perhaps drag the rest of Europe down with it. He predicts that the war will be fought all over again, in ten to twenty years. He also tells them that Germany must assume all responsibility for the war. At the conference, the German delegation says that they laid down their arms in accordance with Wilson's fourteen points, but now find that they are not in the treaty. They also refuse to bear the guilt of the war. Clemenceau rebukes that the treaty must be accepted. Reluctantly, the head of the German delegation agrees. Later, at a reception, the young German diplomat walks in. Everyone stops and stares at him. Indy goes over to him and helps him get a cup of coffee. The German recognizes him from the hotel. They talk and find out that they both fought at Verdun. The German says that there will be no future for anyone if the rulers at the conference have their way. After the formal signing ceremonies, there is a large celebration. Indy says that he is glad that it is finally over. Toynbee disagrees, feeling that it is just beginning. As Indy is helping with the packing up of the American delegation's office, he comes across the file with the Vietnamese delegation's request. It is stamped with the words "No Action." Indy is then summoned with his boss to President Wilson's office. There, they witness another conference between Wilson, Lloyd-George and Clemenceau. Wilson is upset that a commission is not being sent to Arabia. Lloyd-George says that the situation in the Middle East is much too volatile to make a decision now. Instead, he and Clemenceau propose "Zones of Influence" for England and France. They promise Wilson to find something for King Faisal. Wilson concedes to them. After they leave, Wilson is full of doubt. He got his League of Nations, but at what cost? Indy decides to turn down the State Department job and instead plans on returning home and then attending the University of Chicago in the fall to study archaeology. He and Ned promise to stay in touch as they say goodbye at the train station. Ned leaves Indy with these words - "We gave the old men victory and they threw it away. We offered them a new world and they made the old one over again. Still, it might have been worse..."
Indy returns home to Princeton from France and bumps into Nancy Stratemeyer, his high school girlfriend, who is pushing a stroller with her son Butch, Jr. in it. Indy is depressed to learn that she married his high school rival Butch nearly two years earlier. He is even more depressed by the cold reception he gets from his father when he arrives home. Indy's father is angry at Indy for running off to Europe to fight in the war. At dinner Indy tells his father that the last time he felt close to his father was when they were in Athens when he was ten years old. They relive the time Indy ran away from his father in Russia and their travels together immediately afterwards in Greece in 1910. Indy tells his father that the time at the hanging monastery in Greece was the last time he can recall them hugging. His father gets up from the table and retires for the evening. The next day, as Indy is leaving, Indy tells his father that he is sorry they haven't talked more. His father says he is also sorry and they seem to be finally be reconciling until Indy tells him that he is going to the University of Chicago to study archaeology instead of Princeton University. His father suddenly becomes cold and tells him to close the door behind him when he leaves. Accepting that he will never have his father's approval, Indy leaves for Chicago.
By April of the following year (1920) Indy is working his way through college as a waiter at Colosimo's Restaurant, home of the best food and the best jazz in Chicago. Indy loves jazz, but his admiration is not appreciated by the restaurant's band leader, Sidney Bechet. Meanwhile, at school Indy is not getting along well with his roommate, Eliot Ness. Eliot is far too uptight, but one evening Indy is able to talk him into going to the Royal Garden, a jazz club. At the club, Sidney and the band are jamming and are joined by a singer named Goldie Williams. Eliot gets upset when he is served "Prohibition Water" - gin. He goes to leave but ends up causing a commotion after he trips over another customer. Both he and Indy wind up getting thrown out. The next evening at work, Indy apologizes to Sidney for the commotion, but winds up gushing how much he loves jazz. Sidney asks Indy if he's ever played an instrument and he admits that he played soprano sax a little bit during the war. Sidney has a soprano sax which he gives to Indy to practice. After work, Indy gets to tag along with the band as they perform at a speakeasy, The Four Deuces. For the next couple of weeks, Indy spends his free time playing sax and driving Eliot up a wall. One afternoon, Eliot drags Indy to a football victory party at a campus frat house. Indy has his sax with him. When a cheerleader Eliot has a crush on sees Indy's sax, she arranges for him to sit in with the band and barber shop quartet that's performing. However, he is kicked out of the party when he starts to improvise around "April Showers." He is told that jazz is brothel music and not respectable. At work, Indy cons Sidney into letting him jam with them on a song at the Four Deuces. Unfortunately, it doesn't go as well as Indy hoped. Sidney gives Indy some pointers on jazz. He tells him that he has to learn to walk before he can run. He also instructs Indy to learn "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" forwards and backwards. One Sunday morning Indy goes to a black revival church with Sidney. Some of the other parishioners are uncomfortable with Indy's presence. They go to Goldie's house afterwards for Sunday dinner. Indy learns that her brother, C.J., was in the war and they trade jokes about life in the army. The discussion takes a serious turn when C.J. expresses his dissatisfaction with the black plight in America. This leads to an argument with his father about the methods for achieving civil rights. A few nights later, Indy, Sidney, Goldie and C.J. talk about change. As weeks go on, Indy continues to practice, getting better as he goes. One night, Sidney overhears him at work and is impressed with his progress. After work, the band heads over to the Golden Palace to hear Goldie sing. While Sidney is jamming with the band, he invites Indy up on stage and they proceed to storm through a swinging version of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
The following night at work, "Big Jim" Colosimo introduces his new young wife, Dale Winters, who sings a number with the band. Later at the Four Deuces, Indy learns that Colosimo owns the speakeasy. Sidney doesn't let Indy perform, as the band is going to be playing the blues. He explains to Indy the difference between jazz and the blues. The next day, as the restaurant is getting ready to open, Colosimo is shot to death in the doorway. No one sees anything, although one waiter had to chase out a customer only a few minutes before the shooting. Indy notices that Colosimo's rings are gone. reporters and police are soon crawling all over the restaurant. Colosimo's nephew Johnny Torio arrives and notices that Colosimo's money belt containing $200,000 is gone. Police Chief Garrity, a personal friend of Colosimo's promises to find the killer. One of the reporters is an old friend of Indy's from the war, Ernest Hemingway, who is working as a free-lancer for the Chicago Tribune. Back at Indy's dorm room, they discuss the case. Eliot expresses interest. It seems that Colosimo's first wife was the one who got him out of bootlegging and into the much more profitable brothel trade. After he made a fortune, he dumped his wife and took up with Dale Winters. Ernie is excited by all the gossip, but Eliot suggests solving the crime procedurally, establishing motive, method and opportunity. Their first move is to go to the funeral procession to see who turns up. As the casket is solemnly paraded through the streets, they run into "Big Al" Brown, a bartender at The Four Deuces who has a nasty scar on his face. Among the dignitaries in the procession are Mayor Bill Thompson, some judges and a couple of congressmen. Indy has to leave the funeral for work where they are holding a reception afterwards. Ernie has a couple of leads he wants to check out. Eliot has a friend in the morgue and goes to see what he can learn. At the restaurant, Colosimo's first wife arrives and causes a scene, yelling at Dale. She eventually has to be dragged, crying, out of the restaurant. Meeting with the coroner, Eliot learns that Colosimo was shot in the back of the head, possibly as he was looking out the front door's peephole. Ernie hangs out at the police station with some reporters, but learns nothing. They meet at a soda fountain for lunch and trade information. Unfortunately, all they have are half formed theories with no evidence to back them up. They figure that Colosimo was waiting for someone and the killer knew it. If they could figure out who the killer was waiting for, they might crack the case. Indy promises to talk to the waiter who chased the customer away. Ernie continues his digging in the Tribune's morgue. He also writes The New York Times for information. That night at The Four Deuces, Indy is so distracted thinking about the murder that he's not even paying attention to the band. Sidney tells Indy that Torio will be taking over the restaurant and other business interests. He also says that Colosimo was waiting for a shipment of bootleg liquor. Later, Indy, Ernie and Eliot meet. They decide to go to the restaurant and find out who sold Colosimo the liquor. Indy sneaks in and finds the bootleg is packed in boxes marked "Cristo Lemonade Company." They trace this to a warehouse along the Lake Michigan waterfront. They go to the warehouse and break into office. Unfortunately, they are discovered before they can find anything. They boys make a mad dash out and almost escape, but are cornered when their car runs out of gas. The three are taken to see O'Bannon, head of the Irish mob in Chicago and owner of the warehouse. He tells them that he didn't have Colosimo killed, but wonders if someone is setting him up. He then lets them go. That night at work, Torio is gladhandling the customers, including the mayor. Indy spots Al Brown wearing one of Colosimo's rings. He meets with Eliot and Ernie and passes on what he saw. Ernie's information has arrived from The Times. It includes the fact that Al Brown is really a small time gangster named Alfonse Capone, who fled New York with a murder rap over his head. There is also a photo of Capone and Torio together. Eliot reveals that he had grabbed some papers off of the warehouse's desk before they fled. One of them shows that it was Torio that placed the order for the liquor. Torio and Capone have to be the ones behind Colosimo's murder. The three take their findings to Garrity who destroys the evidence and throws them out. He warns them to keep quite about the whole affair. Eliot is furious, but there is nothing they can do. Garrity is obviously on the take. Ernie decides to go to Paris to write, while Indy quits his job. Later at The Four Deuces, Indy is still brooding about how things worked out. Sidney decides that Indy is now ready to play the blues.
Come June and Indy is leaving Chicago for a summer job that Sidney Bechet is arranging for him in New York City. On the train, he sits next to a beautiful young woman who doesn't seem to like or trust him very much. However, after a misunderstanding over an apple that Indy dropped, they start to get along. She introduces herself as Peggy Peabody and she's on her way to New York to break into Broadway as a singer. She's a bit naive, but as the trip progresses, they grow closer. When they arrive in New York, they make plans to meet the next morning for a tour of the city. Indy then goes to the Greenwich Village apartment of a friend with whom he's supposed to be staying with. Finding nobody home, he gets swept into a party going on next door. There he meets the party's hostess, Kate, who tells him that his friends have left for Europe for the summer. They end up discussing archaeology and literature until almost noon the next day. When Indy realizes this, he rushes to Peggy's hotel, but she has already checked out leaving no forwarding address. Upset, Indy takes a walk in Central Park before heading back up to Kate's to get his suitcase. Kate invites Indy to stay at her place and he accepts. Indy heads up to Harlem to see Sidney about his job, but ,unfortunately, it fell through. Sidney did bring Indy's sax and they jam with a friend of Sidney's, George Gershwin. Gershwin is impressed with Indy's playing and they go to get something to eat. Later, while shooting pool with some of George's composer friends George White and Irving Berlin, Indy tells him about Peggy. Gershwin and the others tell Indy about love and music. He also tells Indy to go to the Globe Theater and ask a man named Mac about a job. When Indy gets back to Kate's they talk for a bit and wind up kissing. The next morning Indy goes to the theater and lands a job as the assistant to the stage manager, Mac. The theater is deep in rehearsals for its show Scandals of 1920 which its star and director, George White, hopes will blow away Ziegfeld's Follies. To that end, he has hired away Ziegfeld's star Anne Pennington. However, his assistant, Schwartz is worried about the expenses the show is incurring, but White doesn't want to be bothered. George is writing the music for the show. During a break, Indy tells George about Kate. Gershwin invites Indy and Kate to a party on Fifth Avenue. Back at Kate's she declines the invitation as she is going to a poetry reading. She tells Indy to go ahead without her. George and Indy arrive at the party and Indy is swept away by the splendor of the penthouse and the beauty of Gloria Schuyler, daughter of the host. He follows her out to the balcony as the band begins to play a tango. She and Indy dance and she is swept off her feet. She finally takes him home in a limousine at dawn. They make plans to see each other that night. Indy rushes into Kate's with only an hour before he has to be at work. Kate is just getting up and they make plans to have lunch at the Hotel Algonquin at one o'clock. That morning at work, White is driving the chorus girls hard. Anne Pennington arrives to rehearse her number which Gershwin wrote. He complains that she's taking it too fast, but she doesn't like the song anyway. White tells him to write her another song. Later Gershwin asks Indy about how things went with Gloria and ribs him about having two girls. Gloria then arrives to take him out to lunch. Afterwards, he gets her to drop him off at the Algonquin under the pretext of having to run an errand for White. He also makes plans to meet her for a late dinner at ten o'clock. Inside the hotel, Kate introduces Indy to some of her friends that they'll be joining for lunch. Among them are author Dorothy Parker and critic Alexander Woollcott Most of the rest are theater critics who have already taken a dim view of White's production. Indy doesn't think it's fair that they have written their reviews already. That afternoon at the theater, auditions are being held for new chorus girls. One of them is Peggy, who tells Indy that she didn't make it. Indy talks to George who gets her hired. Happy, she tells Indy that she is buying him dinner tonight after work at six. Indy then gets a phone call from Kate who is looking forward to having dinner with him around eight. While he's on the phone, a box of candy arrives from Gloria with a note reminding him of their date for ten o'clock. George can only marvel at Indy's predicament, but offer no help. As Indy tries to leave work, Mac, who has been drinking, gives Indy more work to do. He winds up being late to meet Peggy. She treats him to chili dogs, which he quickly eats, saying he has to get back to the theater. He then races to Kate's where she feeds him a big pasta dinner. Then making the same excuses about work, he heads out to Gloria's. When he gets there, she notices that he's looking a bit run down and lectures him on the importance of eating three meals a day. The next day at work, things are not going well. The new girls are slow to learn the dance numbers and the show opens in just ten days. White still hasn't found a girl to sing the song Anne rejected. Indy talks to George about having Peggy audition for it. Meanwhile, Schwartz has bad news for White. The backers have pulled out of the show and they need twenty thousand dollars or the show will fold before it opens. That evening Indy tells what happened to Peggy, Kate and Gloria. Gloria places a call to her father. The next day, Peggy is set to audition for the song when she is interrupted for an announcement. They have a new backer for the show, Gloria's father J.J. Schuyler. He has arrived to watch rehearsals with Gloria. He's impressed with Peggy's audition, so White gives her the number. Backstage, Indy is given a kiss by an excited Peggy, when Schuyler and Gloria show up on a backstage tour with White. George sees Indy's predicament and pulls Peggy away before Gloria catches up to him. That night at Kate's, some friends are over for a poetry reading. She reads them a poem about love that she wrote for a flattered Indy. He then leaves for dinner at Gloria's, where she gives him a watch. After dinner, he goes to see Sidney with George and Peggy. While there, she gives him a monogrammed handkerchief. After practice the next day, Indy and George talk about his problem. Indy just can't decide what to do. A few days later, Indy joins Kate and her friends for lunch. They tell him that Ziegfeld has threatened to pull his ads from their papers if they give White's show good reviews. The critics promise not to let Ziegfeld blackmail them. During the meal, Indy spills water on Kate. He pulls out Peggy's handkerchief to mop it up and she absently places it in her purse. With less than a week to go before the show, things have reached a hectic pace at the theater. The show is running overtime, so Peggy's number is cut. Indy gives her Gloria's watch pin to help her get to practice on time. When he goes to Kate's after work, Gloria calls, insisting that he come right over. Making an excuse to Kate, he rushes right off. At the penthouse, Indy woos her with lines from Kate's poem. She loves it and promises to have it engraved on his cigarette case.
A day before the show, Indy receives a dozen roses from Gloria which he passes onto Peggy. White is driving everyone unmercifully. Indy is having trouble getting the stage's turntable to run smoothly and it is vital to the show's first act finale. George and Indy relax after practice talking about the fate of the show. Indy remembers that it is his twenty-first birthday. On opening night the backstage area is chaos. Kate arrives and tells Indy that has to review the show as the paper's regular critic is sick. Gloria and Mr. Schuyler show up to wish Indy luck with only a few minutes until the curtain goes up, the first emergency pops up. Mac is passed out drunk, courtesy of a bottle of booze sent by Ziegfeld. Indy will have to run the show. The next emergency crops up moments later. Someone has stolen the costumes for the first number. Indy quickly improvises giant fans out of some costume feathers. The opening number goes on, shocking some of the audience and impressing the critics. The next number feathers Anne, but her dressing room door is jammed shut. Indy quickly batters it down and carries her bodily to the stage. Meanwhile, Bonzo, the monkey in an animal act that's part of the show, is running amuck in the rafters. As Indy tries to catch him, he inadvertently sends pillars crashing down onto the stage. The rest of the first act goes well until the finale. The stage's turntable is broken beyond repair. George gets an idea. He has Peggy sing the song he wrote exactly at the slow pace they practiced it at. What White had tried to make a jazzy ragtime number, Peggy sings as a slow love ballad and brings the house down. After the show, Peggy, Gloria and Kate are all at the cast party, but George helps Indy put by keeping them distracted. The early editions of the papers arrive and the reviews are fantastic, with special notice of Peggy's singing. Despite George and Indy's jockeying, Kate, Gloria and Peggy end up in the powder room at the same time. There, Kate notices a few lines of her poem inscribed on Gloria's cigarette case. Gloria notices her watch pin pined to Peggy. Peggy notices her handkerchief in Kate's hand. Back at the party, a birthday cake is wheeled out for Indy. As he blows out the candles, the three women enter. Indy tries to explain, but they simply push his face into the cake.
Indy is stuck in New York after being fired from his job at the theater with a month of summer vacation left, no job and not enough money for next year's tuition. His friend George Gershwin meets him in the movie theater and says that his old boss Mr. White has arranged for a possible job for Indy at Universal Pictures. Indy is hired by Carl Laemmle to go to Hollywood to force director (and star actor) Erich von Stroheim to complete his movie Foolish Wives within ten days or close down the filming which has gone outrageously over budget. Indy gets $300 now and will receive an additional $300 bonus when he successfully completes his job. Indy arrives at Universal Studios and meets Laemmle's brother-in-law Izzy Bernstein, the head of Universal Studios and relays Laemmle's ultimatum. Indy is taken by Irving Thalberg, who trying to learn the movie business, to see von Stroheim and tell him the deadline. On the way Irving gives Indy a tour of the studios and tells him about the industry. Irving tries to warn Indy about von Stroheim's eccentricities, but Indy is not prepared for the man's intensity about his work and his own self-importance. Von Stroheim says that he alone decides the fate of his picture not an "errand boy." Indy is introduced to Claire Leebrum, one of the writers on the movie. She explains to Indy how von Stroheim keeps adding scenes to the movie without any end in sight. When Indy tells her that many of the planned scenes will have to be cut she gives Indy a copy of the script to read before he "makes any more stupid suggestions." At breakfast with Claire and Irving, Indy tries to decide what to cut. Irving introduces Indy to director Jack Ford. Ford tells Indy to forget the script and view the film that has already been shot in order to decide what to cut. After watching the prints, Indy and Claire go to the beach to look at the night sky. Claire tells him how currently the director is the "king" of the movie, while Bernstein wants to shift that power to the producer. In the course of their conversation, a romance begins to bud, but Claire tells Indy that she has a boyfriend. In the middle of kissing Claire comes up with a way to end the movie. The next day, Claire finds out that she is fired from Foolish Wives. To further complicate matters, Indy finds out that Stroheim has taken all of the prints for the movie to his house. Indy goes there to get them back and, over watching von Stroheim drink ox blood, von Stroheim tells him that he did not take the film. Irving later tells Indy that they have the negative and can strike another print from it. They decide that in order to end the movie, they need to film a scene where von Stroheim's character dies. While driving, Claire tells Indy that she loves him, but she also still loves her boyfriend Tony. Indy is informed the next day that he can't get the scenes shot that he needs to end the film because Prince Massimo, the Italian prince actor, is arriving to film other scenes. Indy decides to stop Massimo from showing up by kidnapping him and dumping him in Mexico. Indy, Irving and Claire go to a party being thrown by Doug Fairbanks and Mary Pickford to snatch the Prince. They tell the drunken prince that they can take him to a better party and head off towards the border. They leave him in a cantina in Mexico and return to Hollywood. The following day, von Stroheim explodes in a rage when he finds out that Massimo has not showed. He begins thinking up new scenes in order to avoid filming his death scene and rehires Claire to write the scenes for him. After filming the new scene, Indy declares that he'll think of something even if he has to kill von Stroheim himself. During the duel scene being filmed the next day, Indy rolls marbles under von Stroheim's feet so it will look like he's been shot and they'll have their death scene with which that can finish the movie. Unfortunately, all of the extras fall over while von Stroheim remains standing. At lunch, Ford tells Indy, Irving and Claire they need to slip von Stroheim a "mickey" to get him to fall over and slips a horse tranquilizer pill into von Stroheim's drink. On the set, von Stroheim can barely stay awake as he tries once again filming the duel scene. Von Stroheim ends up dramatically stumbling and falling after he is "shot" and Indy gets the scene on film he needs to end the movie on the tenth and last day he was allotted. Indy goes to von Stroheim and congratulates him on the finish of the film, but von Stroheim congratulates Indy on beating him. Von Stroheim gives Indy tickets to a gala movie premiere with which he can take Claire and Irving. While they are there von Stroheim takes the whole production crew to Mexico to continue filming the movie. Indy receives a telegram from Lemly telling him that he's been fired without his bonus. Irving also receives a telegram from Lemly, however, his tells him that he's been made head of Universal Pictures and his first assignment is to go to Mexico and take control of von Stroheim.
Finding himself stuck in Hollywood with no money and no job, Indy takes a job with John Ford as his assistant on his next western movie Six Steps to Hell. Ford tells Indy how his real name is Sean Allouicious O'Feeney and that his brother Francis Ford was the first to rename himself when he first came to America. Ford introduces Indy to Harry Carey, the star actor and Indy takes notes as Ford and Carey rewrite the bad script they were given. Ford sends Indy to a bar to bring back Wyatt Earp to help consult on the movie. Wyatt Earp tells Indy, Ford and Carey about real gunfights as opposed to the fictional stories. After finishing typing the new script that Ford and Carey wrote, Indy goes to see Claire. Claire once again tells Indy that she still has feelings for Tony, but Claire decides that if things work out between her and Indy over the next two weeks she'll break up with Tony. The next day, however, Indy finds out that they'll be filming on location for the entire time and he won't be able to see Claire. Indy goes to tell Claire before he heads out and he finds her with Tony. The whole crew heads out and en route stops to film the final scene first in front of the setting sun. At night, Wyatt Earp tells stories of the old west to the crew as Indy tries writing a letter to Claire. Indy ends up getting advice from the crew about what to do with Claire. The general consensus is that he should get over her because she's not going to leave Tony. While filming the next day a small earthquake hits and a fire starts in the house they were shooting a scene in. Ford continues to film an begins improvising a new scene working the burning building into it. Filming continues without any problems over the next few days until one of the lead actors is killed in his sleep by a poisonous snake. Ford has Indy take over the deceased actor's role, however, Indy's lack of acting ability soon becomes evident. Indy improves over the next few days of filming, however, Ford finds himself a day behind schedule and without any stuntmen after they are all injured on the set. Claire arrives to visit Indy after getting his letter. On the last day of filming, Ford has Indy act as a stuntman to complete the final scene to filmed - the runaway coach scene. Indy agrees to do it for extra pay and risks his life as he jumps from his horse to the wagon, misses and ends up underneath the wagon, being dragged on his back, pulling himself to the front where he grabs hold of the reins and stops the horses from going over a cliff. With the movie done, Indy says his farewell to Claire and everyone else and returns to the University of Chicago with a broken leg and enough money for tuition.
It is a couple of years before we next catch up with Indy, by which time he is nearly finished his undergraduate degree. Indy finally completes it on May 23rd and moves onto a graduate program (in linguistics) at the Sorbonne. His archaeology professor, Dorian Belecamus, invites him along on a dig in Greece. There, she's involved in a plot to overthrow King Constantine, and Indy is unknowingly set up to take the blame for the king's murder. Indy saves the king but loses Dorian when she is killed by a bullet meant for him. It is this adventure that marks the turning point in Indy's life. Archaeology now becomes his lifelong pursuit.
It's 1924 and Indy, still a graduate student in France, goes on a dig with Roland Walcott and other students. Indy discovers an underwater cave with Ice Age paintings and clay animals inside. Walcott learns of this and tries to steal the glory for himself, but disappears into an underground river during a struggle. He is presumed dead.
A year later Indy finally completes his graduate studies at the Sorbonne and is hired for his first professorial job at London University. The job is teaching a summer archaeology course. On the way to London, Indy is troubled by several unpleasant "gifts" (black widows and scorpions) and thinks he is being followed. Once in London, the head of the Archaeology department, Joanna, invites Indy on a dig in Whithorn, Scotland. The purpose of the dig is to confirm the legend of Merlin and to study Stonehenge. Indy also ends up romancing Joanna's daughter, Deirdre. Indy's mysterious follower is revealed as a British Parliament member working to revive the Druids.
In March of 1926 Indy and Deirdre recover the Mask of Camozotz and other artifacts during an expedition in Guatemala. It is April by the time Indy returns to New York to recover from a gunshot wound suffered in Guatemala. Indy and Deirdre get married. Marcus Brody gives Indy several pages from the journal of an explorer gone missing in Brazil. Deirdre tags along and they are eventually captured by the same people who captured the missing explorer. The residents of Ceiba (the kidnappers) need new blood or the magical abilities they use to veil their city will be lost. Indy, Deirdre and Fawcett (the missing explorer) escape, but their plane crashes, killing Deirdre and Fawcett.
Later that year Indy is teamed with Professor Abner Ravenwood and they discover the Staff of Ra.
In 1927 Indy parts ways with his job in London and returns to Chicago. He visits an old friend, Jack Shannon, a jazz musician with family ties to organized crime. After their reunion, Shannon convinces Indy to attend a lecture give by a Russian who claims to have climbed Mount Ararat and seen Noah's Ark. They join an expedition to the mount after being chased out of Chicago. A group of Bolshevik spies known as the Janissary Corps also attack Indy's group, but they still manage to reach the site of the Ark. An avalanche occurs, saving them from the Janissaries, but at the cost of burying the Ark beneath tons of snow and ice. Any hope of its recovery is lost.
Indy spends the 1927-1928 school year teaching at a small New England college. Once classes end, he plans to resume studies with fellow archaeologist Mara Rogers (they met during the southern France dig in 1924). Unfortunately, he receives a telegram announcing delays in their plans, so Indy heads off to Utah to study the Anasazi ruins without her. His traveling companion, Jack Shannon, is kidnapped by Roland Walcott (long thought dead) who mistakes Jack for Indy. Walcott's plan is to trade Indy/Jack for Mara's knowledge of a unicorn's horn. But Mara turns the tables on Walcott, saying that she will kill Indy herself before giving up the horn. Later, Marcus Brody and Indy work together with a fake horn to trick Mara out of the original. Once they recover the horn, Indy returns to the Anasazi ruins and replaces the horn in the crevice which dynamite.
In the spring of 1929, after spending a few weeks attempting to decipher the rongo-rongo tablets on Easter Island, Indy is contacted by Marcus Brody, who needs his help on an urgent mission. Brody's brother-in-law, Hans Beitelheimer, has disappeared and Indy is asked to look for him. Indy discovers Beitelheimer's fascination with a local myth of a ghost ship and is led on an adventure which takes him to the dream-like "interior world." Indy eventually escapes, ending up on Liberty Island in New York City.
In 1930 Indy is sent on a mission to discover the origin of mysterious flying discs which have been forcing down and destroying aircraft's. Indy gathers together some other adventurers and they find and destroy the discs and the dirigible from which they are launched.
After the UFO adventure, Indy bounces back and forth between England and the United States. First, he completes some business at the University of London, then resumes his teaching job at Princeton. He cycles back to England during a vacation to take flying lessons and has an adventure in the St. Brendan Glen area. He discovers that a friend of his instructor has Merlin's scabbard, which protects from gunshot wounds. Together, they return to the United States once more, this time on the trail of some valuable gold coins.
At the foot of the Andes Mountains in 1932, Indiana Jones is searching for any trace of his friend, an American geologist. After an exciting search he finds the deathly ill man in the small village of a primitive Indian tribe. As the man lays dying he gives Indy a strange amulet shaped like a feathered snake. The Amulet was once the propriety of a Mayan High Priest and is said to grant its Wearer magical powers. Unfortunately the only thing the amulet brings Indy is trouble as he is targeted by a hostile tribe who wants the amulet back in their possession.
In march of 1933 Indy finds a four hundred years old manuscript that holds the secret of the Philosopher's stone -- which, according to legend, has the power to turn lead into gold and to grant immortality. All attempts to decipher the manuscript have failed and now the manuscript has been stolen. On the trail of a missing British alchemist and an insane Renaissance scholar, Indy travels to Rome, where he learns that the stolen manuscript for which he is searching is actually a map to an ancient crypt, wherein lies the most magnificent discovery yet.
Indy's cousin comes to visit him for the summer and the two sail for Malekula, a tiny jungle island southeast of New Guinea in search of a priceless ebony idol once worshipped by the natives and rediscovered five or six years before by Abner Ravenwood just before the natives chased him away.
Deep in the mysterious Himalayan mountains of Tibet, a journalist and his daughter, Lilah, are separated during a blinding snowstorm. He disappears without a trace. She makes it back to civilization with a terrifying tale to tell - a tale of a Silver Tower that marks the entrance to a legendary village inhabited by giants. Indy and his cousin help Lilah in her search for her father, but somewhere beyond the snow-capped peaks and sheer, slippery cliffs, hideous, monstrous creatures dwell, bent on destroying anyone who dares to enter their sacred territory.
By October Indy is intent on recovering the crystal skull to break it's curse which he believes will cause Alecia Dunstin's death if he allows himself to fall in love with her. He learns that the crystal skull has surfaced in the black market in France. He reasons that the black market in antiquities in that area means that archaeologist Rene Belloq will be involved. He and Alecia track Belloq to Forteresse Malevil Marseilles in France, but Indy is captured by Belloq and the Daguerre brothers, Belloq's two large henchmen. As the brothers beat Indy, Belloq tells him he had hoped they would meet under better circumstances. He has followed Indy's career with interest and had even looked forward to the day they could work together. Indy tells him he came there to make him a deal; to buy the crystal skull from Belloq. Belloq tells him that the skull is no longer for sale. The buyer Belloq had already lined up arrives as a German U-boat surfaces. Belloq explains that the Nazis have launched a desperate effort to locate arcane treasures with supposed supernatural powers and the skull is high on their list. The captain of the U-boat, Wagner, signals for Franz Kroeger, a colonel in the newly formed Leibstandarte SS - Hitler's personal guard, that they have landed. Kroeger completes the deal with Belloq as Indy begins taunting Kroeger and the Nazi party. Kroeger orders Belloq to shoot Indy as he departs in the U-boat. Belloq gives the gun to one of the brothers and orders that he shoot Indy, however, as he fumbles with the safety Indy makes his escape in the water. Indy manages to grab hold of the muzzle of a gun on the deck of the departing submarine and secretly rides it out into the harbor where he then swims to shore. He meets up with Alecia on the shore as the U-boat launches two torpedoes that destroy the fortress. Alecia tells Indy that she can't stand facing death every day and has decided to leave him.
After returning to Princeton University, Indy is persuaded by a beautiful missionary named Joan to search for her missing father, Professor Angus Starbuck, in Mongolia. Professor Starbuck has discovered a dinosaur bone in the Gobi Desert, but unlike other discoveries, this bone is not ancient. As Indy crosses from China through a treacherous mountain pass to Outer Mongolia, he runs afoul of the region's fiercest warlords. Indy and Joan, who lied to him about being a nun in order to get him to help her, find her father living with the world's last innocent people in a Stone Age paradise poised on the brink of destruction. Indy duels wild dogs and bloodthirsty killers in a desperate effort to save the most historic discovery of the twentieth century - the last living triceratops. Indy decides to return to the states as Joan and her father stay behind in the secret paradise to look after the triceratops and its eggs. Before leaving, Indy learns from a descendant if Genghis Khan that he may actually be the reincarnation of Marco Polo.
With the help of coordinates supplied by Belloq, Indy tracks Wagner and Kroeger's U-boat to a spot off the coast of Denmark where it had sunk, killing the entire crew, on its way to Berlin after striking a fjord. Indy dons a diving suit and finds the U-boat perched on a shelf overlooking a five-hundred-foot drop. Indy finds the skull, but the submarine shifts and starts to go over the edge. Indy barely manages to escape in time, but doesn't manage to bring the canister containing the skull with him. Indy returns to the surface. As the submarine strikes the bottom of the gorge, its contents are freed and float to the surface. Indy watches at first hopeful and then in horror as one after another of identical canisters float to the surface. He tries to retrieve them as a score of them surface covering several acres of water, but the ones he retrieves turn out to be oil drums. The other canisters are swept away by the wind and the currents.
Early the next year Indiana Jones gets a mysterious visitor before he leaves for treasure hunting - an Arctic explorer who dies after giving him a box and explores his tale. He joins a Danish adventurer, a pilot friend, and a smart radio operator to a Nazi ship near Iceland and tests their wits about finding the world beneath our feet.
Indy's cousin visits him again for the summer and the two travel to Cairo, Egypt when two priceless mummies are stolen from the National Museum. An ancient cult has come back to life after a thousand years, but with a modern twist: laboratory cats are being trained to be vicious killers. The mysterious pyramids hold many other terrors. Deep within the maze of secret chambers and underground chasms, scorpions and snakes abound. Something else lurks in the shadows, as mummies emerge from age-old tombs to walk the earth.
Next Indy follows a trail of danger, magic, and archaeological mystery through the war-torn Orient, from Rangoon to the Egyptian desert, searching for the secret underground hiding place of the all-powerful Omega Book. But with a beautiful woman seeking her missing magician husband, and a vengeance-crazed Japanese spymaster hot on his hells, Indy is running out of time. If the Omega Book falls into the wrong hands, not only his own fate but the fate of the world will be at the mercy of a madman bent on writing humanity's final chapter!
Early in 1935 Indy is in the South Pacific near the Marquesas Islands, searching for the underwater Shrine of the Sea Devil. He finds the Shrine, filled with statues inlaid with pearl, but loses the treasure when a giant octopus destroys his ship.
Later the same year, Indy recovers the ashes of Nurhachi for a family of Chinese gangsters in exchange for a rare jewel. Unfortunately, the gangsters wish to keep both prizes, so they poison Indy. After a gunfight in a Shanghai nightclub, Indy recovers the antidote and seemingly escapes. Lao Che (the gangster) heads Indy off at the pass and sabotages Indy's charter plane, which crashes somewhere in India. While traveling to Delhi, Indy comes across a poverty-stricken village which has lost its sacred, protective Sankara Stone. The villagers convince Indy to follow the trail of the thieves (who have also stolen the village's children), which he does. a short while later, he comes across the palace of the 13 year-old Maharajah and a cult of Kali worshippers. He manages to defeat the high priest of the cult, recover one of the three Sankara stones and save the village's children.
When Indy returns from Asia, he visits an old school buddy in Maine and they set off in search of the missing headband from a Celtic crown. They go to London, where Indy and his friends have several adventures.
During the summer, which he spends in Washington, D.C., Indy and a young summer intern at the National Museum meet with a European archaeologist named Mihail Tepes. Mihail is the last living member of the Royal Romanian family of Dracula. Mihail believes that his ancestor, the bloodthirsty Prince Vlad still lives as a result of drinking from the Cup of Djemsheed, a solid gold, jewel-encrusted cup stolen from a Mosque in Persia during the sixteenth century and lost ever since. Indy, Mihail, and the intern travel to Romania and visit castle Dracula in search of the cup.
1936 will prove to be a busy year for Indy. At the start of the year Indy travels with a museum curator's kid to Lake Titicaca to find a missing cargo plane at the request of reclusive millionaire Waldo Shyster-Haven. Indy's friend and fellow archaeologist, Sir Reginald Brooksbank, was aboard the cargo plane along with the Pendant of the Incas, a golden necklace that once belonged to Manco Capac and which gave the Inca King power over life and death.
Following this Indy travels through the jungles of Peru to recover a golden idol from the temple of the Chachapoyan warriors. An old rival, Belloq, shows up at the end of the adventure and steals the idol from Indy by lying to the local Hovito tribesmen. Some time later government agents intercept a communiqué from Cairo to Berlin believed to be send by Abner Ravenwood. Indy is consulted, since he has had past dealings with Ravenwood, and is asked to investigate the Nazi dig. He learns that they are looking for the headpiece of the Staff of Ra so that they can locate the Well of the Souls, the resting place of the lost Ark of the Covenant. Indy beats the Nazis, both to the headpiece and to the Well of the Souls. Ravenwood's daughter, Marion, becomes Indy's partner in the adventure and together they find the Ark. Belloq shows up again to steal the Ark for the Nazis (he is their lead archaeologist) but is killed when he opens the Ark to get the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. The Ark is placed into storage in a secret government warehouse somewhere in Washington.
Charlie Dunne, a former student who claims to have found the Ikons of Ikammanen, is killed. Indy goes to Krikambo, a northeast African coastal town, to meet Charlie's sister Edith. She is kidnapped by Solomon Black and Indy and Edith are forced to find the Ikons for him. When Nazis torpedo Black's ship, Indy and Edith escape with an Ikon. Indy reveals that Edith killed her brother to get all the credit for the find, so he leaves her to the vengeance of the Ikon.
Next Indy meets a four-hundred-year-old man named Prospero and his two-hundred-year old grandson. They are chased by suspicious local yokels and are trying to prevent the army from burying a special spring Prospero needs to concoct his elixir of immortality. In the end, the spring is buried, and Indy and Prospero go their separate ways.
After this Indy joins the "gateway project" in England, investigating a crystal cylinder discovered within a Stonehenge monolith. Indy works with an English woman, Professor Karen Mays, but the Nazis are also after the secret of the discovery. Indy and Karen discover that the cylinder is the key to a dimensional gateway. The Nazis steal the cylinder and try to summon the beings from that dimension, but Indy and Karen stop them by destroying the cylinder.
Marion Ravenwood opens the Raven's Nest, a Manhattan nightclub, with Indiana Jones as a silent partner. The opening night festivities, featuring guest singer Frank Sinatra, are interrupted. Indy and Marion suspect gangster Emil Marko, but later catch their interior decorator, Jamal, sabotaging the club and discover that he had been using it as a cover for smuggling artifacts.
Some time later Indy recovers a Piute summoning stone stolen from the National Museum by a ring of international artifact thieves, led by Ian McIver, with whom Indy had previously tangled over some tablets in Bangkok. In retrieving the stone, Indy also gets a map dealing with the movements of a clan of people called the Shintay, who supposedly split off from Atlantis. Indy and Marion travel to Cameroon in West Africa and head into the Congo. They meet a group of Nazis led by Colonel Vogel and Ian McIver, but all are captured by the Shintay, who explain that they were banished from Atlantis because they worship death while the Atlanteans revered life. Vogel tries to take a crystal power orb and destroys the entire Shintay citadel leaving only Indy, Marion, and McIver as survivors.
Sallah helps Indy recover the gold Chachapoyan idol that was stolen from him in Peru by Rene Belloq. He delivers it to Marcus Brody and the National Museum, but it is stolen again by Xomez, a descendant of Chachapoyan warriors. Indy goes to Manaus, Brazil, to recover it. There he meets Ilsa Toht, sister of Ernst Toht, who tries to kill Indy. Indy recovers the idol, but Ilsa is lost at sea.
In Australia, Indy finds a calendar ring, a relic from the Arnhelm cult that once lived near Sydney. While there he meets Ben Ali Ayoob, a relic collector with many homes around the world that house his collections. Ayoob tries to hire Indy to find for him the fourth nail of the crucifixion, supposedly stolen from Golgotha by a gypsy, prompting the gypsies to believe that God forgives them for petty crimes. Indy declines Ayoob's offer, but decides to go after the nail himself for the National Museum. Indy goes to Barcelona, followed by Ayoob's Ismalis (Arabian Ninja), finds Torino, and meets Marion, the National Museum's new public relations officer. After fights in a cathedral and a bullring stockpen, Indy is shown the fourth nail. Ayoob's Ismalis try to steal it and are instantly killed, so Indy decides to return home empty handed.
Subsequent to this Indy takes his advanced archaeology class on a field trip to the cliff dwelling Indian territory of Arizona. He stops the work of Busby Giles, who is destroying the ancient dwellings to build a criminal hideout.
Harvey Poindexter, an accountant for the National Museum, finds in the museum basement a trunk with some relics and old bones from Mexico. The bones are thought to be the skeleton of an evil god, whose remains could influence one to evil. Harvey goes mad, and is killed trying to get away with the trunk. Indy recovers the relics, but not the bones.
Indiana Jones flies with Jock Lindsey to photograph an abandoned Chinese temple on one of the Aleutian islands. He then hires Simon Katanga's ship, the Bantu Wind, to take him there. They are watched closely by Commander Kyoji Hiroto of the Japanese navy and Emeralda Vasquez, a pirate with a stolen U.S. Navy submarine. Emeralda captures the Bantu Wind, loads the temple's treasures aboard, and destroys the temple. Indy captures the submarine and goes after Emeralda, but she signals the Japanese that the sub is attacking her ship. Indy escapes with the sub, and he and Katanga recapture the Bantu Wind. Emeralda returns to her sub, which is destroyed by the Japanese.
In search of Abner Ravenwood, Marion's long-lost father, Indy and Marion travel to Greece, looking for one of Abner's ex-partners. He puts them on the trail of another ex-partner, Andre Lafonte, who has a map to Ra-Lundi. Marion steals the map, and she and Indy travel to Ra-Lundi. The city is warmed and protected by a glowing meteorite, called F'han-Tal by the people. F'han-Tal has the power to heal, but exposure to it for more than a day or so causes total dependence on it, so Indy, with the help of a masked white man who is possibly Abner Ravenwood, destroys the stone, releasing the people from their dependence on it.
Indiana Jones receives a letter from Professor Kobayashi in Japan which reports that a Japanese expedition has discovered a dragon frozen in the Himalayas. The letter also indulges that Japan's military has decided to attempt to use the creature. Indy travels to the Himalayas and then to Japan. He releases the dragon from the military, and with a pre-Indic incantation returns the creature to its frozen home in the Himalayas where it is worshipped by the descendants of prehistoric cave dwellers.
The National Museum's Arnham calendar ring is replaced by a fake, and Marcus Brody is blamed. Indy discovers that a Cuban arms dealer named Joan Soto is responsible, and Indy, Marcus, and Marion go to Havana to question him. Indy learns that Soto is working for Ben Ali Ayoob.
Indy, Marcus, and Marion go to Merthyr Tydfil, a small village in South Wales, looking for Austin "Cutter" Coleridge, and old college pal of Marcus Brody, who can help them find Ben Ali Ayoob. Ayoob hired Coleridge to unearth the Lucifer Chamber, rumored to be the gateway to hell, and obtain the fabled "Devil's Heart," an amulet said to contain the very soul of Satan. Coleridge, however, believes that the Lucifer Chamber is the doorway to Aghast, the fabled city at the earth's core, where all things are made of gold. He believes that the ancient druids were really alchemists who discovered the philosopher's stone; in fact, Coleridge's left hand is sold gold from having once held the philosopher's stone. Coleridge breaks through the doorway and is absorbed by an occult force which destroys the chamber.
Indy, Marion, and Marcus travel to Switzerland to retrieve the Arnhem ring from Ben Ali Ayoob. Ayoob is vaporized by the contents of a box known as the Devil's Heart. Indy recovers the Arnhem ring and the group returns to Connecticut.
Indy goes after the crown of Rurick, proof that Vikings sailed as far away as the South Pacific. Kaloo, the island where it was last seen, is controlled by a self-proclaimed potentate named Lord Harry. To gain access to the island, Indy answers an ad from Gold Star films for a stuntman to dive off a waterfall in the South Pacific. Indy gets the crown and helps the film crew escape from Lord Harry and his men, but the crown turns out to be a fake.
Indy is attacked by a gang led by Sigfried Klexx, a crooked archaeologist. While investigating, Indy stows aboard their ship, the Capricorn Queen, and finds himself in Central America. He rescues a prisoner on board named Julia Valdez, but Klexx recaptures them both and attempts to use Julia in a deadly ceremony at an ancient structure containing gems, precious metals, and relics. Indy escapes and rescues Julia, and the structure self-destructs, killing everyone nearby.
Indy goes to the Peruvian Andes to meet Jessie Hale, who has uncovered a stone slab that reveals the location of the El Dorado treasure. Ivar Reiss, the rebellious son of wealthy industrialist Edgard Reiss, forces Indy and Jessie to lead him to the El Dorado. It turns out to be an Inca trap, and Reiss and his men are buried under a mountain of rubble.
Indy finds what might be an Atlantic relic in the Caribbean, and Short Round, who has been in a boarding school, helps him escape with it from a Latin American military patrol boat. The relic turns out to be merely a ballast weight. Elizabeth Cody asks Indy to help recover a pair of gold-plated, pearl-gripped revolvers given to her grandfather, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, by the Czar of Russia. She suspects that the revolvers were stolen by the Russian Count Salkovich. While Indy and Beth are in the Southern Ukraine, they are kidnapped by Cossacks who help recover the revolvers.
Alec Sutherland, a student of the late Dr. Arthur Hecht (of whom Indiana Jones is also a former student), asks Indy to help carry on Hecht's work. He was investigating the Tower of Tears in Iran, one of the seven fabled towers scattered across the earth harboring sorcerers who seek to chant the world to destruction. Indy and Alec find the tower, but the sorcerer who lives there claims to be the only one, and he dies in an explosion.
Indy goes to San Francisco to pick up Chinese mummy for the National Museum. He is attacked by Chinese gangsters who want to preserve the remains of their ancestor. Indy is rescued by Jessie Hale, whose brother, Peter, brought the mummy over from China. The Irish Republican Army is after the crate, which is supposed to contain guns for them in place of the mummy. In fact, the crate contains the body of Patrick McManus, the IRA's agent in China. Michael Cobb of the IRA decides to take Indy to China to help hunt down Weng Ho, the Chinaman who double crossed them.
Indy travels to China with Michael Cobb of the IRA. Indy is looking for a stolen Chinese mummy, and Cobb is looking for stolen guns for his cause. Indy and Cobb gain access to the stronghold of Weng Ho, a revolutionist with plans to overthrow Chiang Kai-Shek. Cobb and Ho are killed and Indy returns to the U.S., sending the mummy ahead.
Returning from China, Indy stops in the state of Washington, where he meets big game hunter "Congo" Kate Crawford, who is hunting for Bigfoot. Her Indian guide, Robert Thundercloud, is accused by Sheriff Hyatt of murdering a bartender in town. It turns out that Hyatt is a spy for the Japanese and Thundercloud is a FBI agent.
A young woman, posing as Miss Victoria Keith of the British Museum, uses Indy to gain access to the National Museum where she steals an amulet related to Dr. Hecht's seven sorcerers. She escapes by plane with the amulet and is later identified as a thief for hire named Amanda Knight.
After a busy year things slow down (just a little) in 1937. Indy follows Amanda Knight to England and Scotland Yard directs him to the Orkney Islands north of Scotland. There Indy finds Amanda and also discovers that the local lighthouse keeper, Ian Soames, is one of the seven sorcerers, and has the amulet Amanda had stolen for him.
In a showdown between Ian Soames and Indiana Jones, Soame's lighthouse is destroyed and Soames is lost. Indy recovers the amulet and returns to Connecticut.
Indy gets a new job at Barnett College in New York, but losses the Archaeology 101 course to Francesca, a Peruvian woman who studied at Harvard, Yale and Sorbonne. She shows Indiana a package that she received from her brother which contains a sacred Incan artifact, the Finger of Gold. Together, Indy and Francesca head off to locate the Golden Arms, which are also part of the same mummification case used by the Incas.
In August in Greece, Indy recovers the shield of Perseus from a sunken ship. It gives clues to the location of the Eye of the Fates, which can show the future. Indy and a museum curator's kid travel to Mount Olympus with a Greek sailor named Costas and to Japan where they meet Rene Belloq's brother Claude.
The next year proved to be momentous for Indy, as he finally reconciled with his father. Indiana Jones finally recovers the Cross of Coronado from the man who "acquired" it back in 1912. Afterwards, he returns to his job at Barnett College and is contracted by a collector of antiquities, Walter Donovan. He informs Indy that his father, Henry Jones Sr., disappeared during a search for the Holy Grail. Indiana travels to Italy and joins forces with another archaeologist, Elsa Schneider. Together, they find several other clues concerning the Grail and eventually determine its actual resting place. Elsa and Donovan are revealed to be Nazi spies when Indy finally locates his father. They steal the Grail diary and leave the father and son team captive. The Joneses escape, retrieve the diary and barely catch up to the Nazis in the hunt for the Grail. Unfortunately, the Grail is lost when Elsa attempts to take it beyond the seal of the cave where they found it.
Indiana's next adventure takes him on a dig in China, near the site of an ancient monastery. He unearths a stone tablet inscribed in an ancient language, but he cannot decipher it. From the monks, he learns that the tablet tells of a covenant left by Buddha himself, perhaps the one true key to the state of Nirvana. He also learns that the Japanese are after the tablet so that they can control the destiny of the world. Indy's search for the tablets takes him through India, Tibet, China and to Shangri-La.
In June Indy's friend, John Penniman, is killed by someone looking for the Dragon of Vengeance. Indy goes to China in search of it, followed by a persistent young kid from New York City. Penniman's servant, Lo Cheng, reveals that the Dragon of Vengeance had been unearthed and two Chinese societies, the Golden Lotus and the White Tigers, were battling for it. Indy confronts the Golden Lotus leader in an ancient mountain temple.
On vacation in Venice with his young cousin, Indy meets an old friend, Giacomo Andrini, who claims to have found Marco Polo's diaries. Indy outwits one of Mussolini's Fascists and goes to Mongolia. There he meets Mongolian bandits led by a woman named Bortay.
Its Christmas and Indy travels to Ethiopia with young George Ballantine in search of George's father, Dr. Roger Ballentine, who had been kidnapped by Italian fascists. Dr. Ballentyne had a map to the lost treasure of Sheba and had invented a diamond laser. Indy and George go to the capital, Addis Adaba, where they team up with a local bandit named Kassaye, then are followed by inept bunglers on a religious pilgrimage to Lalibela.
March of 1939 and Indy is hired by the US Government to lead an expedition to an iceberg near Greenland to uncover an ice-encased Viking longship. The Germans are also interested in the ice wall, since it contains a strange disc of unearthly origin. The disc is freed, revealing itself to be a spaceship which destroys the Nazi submarine before disappearing into space. The US rescue team arrives barely in time to save Indy's group from the longship, which sinks back beneath the surface of the water.
Two months later a mysterious stranger arrives at Barnett College with an ancient key and Indiana looks up a former colleague, Sophia Hapgood. Together, they determine that the key is part of a dig that unearthed treasures from the lost continent of Atlantis. Continuing that quest, they travel around the world, adventuring in Mayan ruins and the labyrinth of the Minotaur before finding all of the pieces of the key to Atlantis. Just as they do, the Nazis arrive, intent on plundering Atlantis for their own gains. They nearly succeed, but ancient magic's kill the Nazis and place Atlantis out of reach once more.
In July Indy and his young cousin are in Eastern China with an ancient Ming vase trying to escape a band of Chinese bandits. The vase is broken and Indy decides to take a fishing vacation in the Philippines. A female archaeologist name Billie Simpson tricks Indy into going to Howling Island where her brother, Dr. Foster McCray, has forced a band of giant apes to become his slaves. Over the years the apes have built a huge wall of ape skulls and the wind blowing through the gaping mouths and empty eye sockets causes the howling for which the island is named.
After leaving Crete, Indy finds himself in the Sargasso Sea, the legendary "ship graveyard" in the Atlantic. Once there, Indy discovers a community of stranded survivors and descendants who have based their lifestyle on the pirates of history. Indy finds relics from nearly every known sea-going culture, but spends most of his time just trying to escape.
When he returns to the states, Indiana rescues a colleague, Petryk, from Chicago mobsters and then goes to Utah to check on some seemingly contradictory information about the Anasazi culture. After a few adventures wit the mobsters, Indy meets with some of the supposedly extinct Indians and finally returns to Barnett College.
We're into 1940 now and Europe is at war. Meanwhile Indy has a dance with death on an island in the Indian Ocean. During an observation of native worshippers, many of them become ill with an outbreak of the plague. The source of the plague is the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, who is releasing his evils upon the world. Indy fights some zombies and barely escapes an earthquake which hits the area, killing the Horseman.
In September Indy visits an old school buddy in Maine and they set off in search of the missing headband from a Celtic crown. They go to London, where Indy and his friends have several adventures.
In the spring of the following year Indy returns to Greece again, this time near Mycenae. He begins work at a British site, but a German invasion of the area causes the British to abandon the dig, leaving Indiana alone. On his own, he discovers an artifact which verifies the existence of the legendary Golden Fleece. There is a scuffle with the Germans and they steal the artifact. Indy still manages to find the location of the Fleece and fights a life-or-death battle with its guardian serpent.
Indiana Jones is a man who does not forget. 16 years ago, Professor Basil saved his life and now as a wire from Istanbul reaches him, its his chance to return the favor. But as he arrives in Turkey, his friend is suddenly missing. All the tracks lead to Egypt. In the shadows of the pyramids Indiana Jones meets an ancient, cruel force, who waited centuries to be released.
It's summer. At a reception at the Russian Embassy in Washington, Indy prevents a bomb attack which was set up by Japanese agents and saves the life of a commissar, Tamara Jaglova, who happens to be looking for someone to lead an expedition to examine the grave of Genghis Khan. After several dangerous encounters with the Japanese, they recover Genghis Khan's sword. Unfortunately, the sword is cursed and its power prevents Indy from parting with it. At a critical moment, Indy manages to toss it into the air and an enemy grabs the sword, then plunges in an abyss.
Late in the year the Americans join the war. Following their entry into World War II, the German Navy sets up a network of U-boat bases in the South Seas. An American secret agent, Jonah, obtains a sketchy map detailing their locations and it eventually reaches Washington. Soon after, the government calls in Indiana to solve the mystery of the map. He does, but Jonah is killed before the secret base on the Easter Island is destroyed.
In the middle of 1943 Professor Korda, a friend and colleague of Indiana Jones, is caught aboard a plane in a storm over the bolivian rainforest. Just before he has to make a forced landing, he makes a sensational discovery: A valley that seems to be covered with pure gold! To reveal the secret of this meteor crater he needs the help of Indiana Jones. Indy comes to the conclusion that Korda has found the legendary gold treasures of El Dorado. But the treasure is cursed. Anyone who touches it, falls ill and dies a very painful death.
When he returns to the states, Indiana rescues a colleague, Petryk, from Chicago mobsters and then goes to Utah to check on some seemingly contradictory information about the Anasazi culture. After a few adventures with the mobsters, Indy meets with some of the supposedly extinct Indians and finally returns to Barnett College.
1945, and in a last ditch effort, Hitler sends agents to Britain and Ireland in search of the spear which pierced the side of Christ on Good Friday. It is believed that the spear would make the army that wielded it invincible. However, one of the agents has his own plans for the spear, and when he is defeated by Indiana and the "True King of Ireland," Hitler loses his prize.
A year later and the war is finally over. Indy goes to Russia at the request of the Soviet government to evaluate ancient artifacts. He unearths the Key of King Solomon which tells of the design of the Philosophers' Stone containing the secret for turning base metal into gold and bringing inanimate objects to life. Indy sets off to the three churches which are said to hold the three pieces of the stone. He obtains the first piece from a coven of witches in Ireland and heads to Tibet after the second piece.
Another year has passed, and Indiana Jones, exhausted by conflicts, is trying to resume his digging career in the American Southwest, far from the excitement of his treasure-hunting past. Fortunately for Indy's adventurous soul, the world is still a dangerous place. The Soviet Union has slammed an Iron Curtain down across Europe, provoking the Cold War that will occupy East and West for half a century. Communist agents are everywhere, searching for a weapon to tip the balance of power in their favor. And they may have found something useful in the desert ruins of Babylon, the legendary Tower of Babel. Gennadi Volodnikov, an unorthodox Russian scholar, thinks the Tower housed a machine to reach across the dimensions of space and time, inspired by the winged god Marduk. When gears began to clatter, alarmed Babylonians toppled the Tower, scattering four of Marduk's disciples -- and parts of the machine -- to the far corners of the globe. Indy races the Soviets to recover those parts and stop them from repairing "Infernal Machine".
We lose track of Indy after this for a few years, catching up with him again in 1951. Indy and an old American Indian friend named Grey Cloud are speeding down a snow covered road in Wyoming, being chased by another car full of men firing guns at them. They have just retrieved a pipe that was stolen from Grey Cloud's tribe and the pursuers are anxious to have it back. The pursuers' car skids out of control and crashes as does Indy's truck a little further up the road. Indy and Grey Cloud set out on foot, hoping that the coming snow storm will cover their tracks in the snow. After a while, they come across an abandoned cabin. Inside, they start a fire to keep warm. Indy finds an old soprano saxophone which brings back memories of his college days at the University of Chicago during the spring of 1920. He tells Grey Cloud the story of how he learned to play the Blues on the sax. As Indy finishes his tale, their pursuers burst into the cabin and take the pipe from Grey Cloud at gun point. The crooks are leaving when Indy uses the sax to blow a high note which causes a large amount of snow on the overhang of the cabin to fall on the thugs. Indy and Grey Cloud recover the pipe and escape.
This is the last time we know of Indy's activities for decades. In the "missing" years he loses the use of one of his eyes, and has a daughter and subsequently grandchildren (presumably marrying although we never find out who his wife was). It's 1992 before we see Indy again, and he is now living in New York with his daughter and her family, sporting an eyepatch and a scar and seeking any opportunity to recant his past adventures to anyone who will listen.
Visiting the Museum of Natural History in New York, Indy catches two youths who have snuck away from their class claiming that the museum is full of boring junk. Indy says some of the most exciting adventures of his life are in this museum. He tells them he was born in New Jersey on July 1, 1899. He tells them how he was raised in Princeton where his father was Professor of Medieval Studies, but he himself wasn't crazy about school. He preferred playing with his dog Indiana and playing baseball. Indy tells them about the tour throughout Europe and Asia that he and his parents went on and excites their interest by telling them of when he was in Egypt in 1908 exploring a recently uncovered Egyptian tomb. After telling them of how the golden jackal head they found was stolen, the two boys demand to know if he ever got it back. Indy tells them that he went back to Cairo with Miss Seymour, met up with his parents and continued on their journey. Indy begins walking away claiming he has to get home and feed his cat Henry. They beg for him to finish and he finally relents. Indy proceeds to tell them of when, eight years later, he was on spring break in 1916 in Mexico and managed to finally retrieve the gold jackal after first becoming involved in the Mexican Revolution. He tells them how he and Remy set out to Europe to enlist in the Great War. They ask what happened to the jackal and Indy shows them the display it is part of in that very museum. Feeling young and adventurous once more after telling the story, Indy makes his exit by sliding down the banister alongside the stairs.
Indy is having lunch with his accountant to go over his taxes (Indy has been getting threats from the IRS because of his excessive expenses without any receipts to substantiate them) when he hears a voice that reminds him of Vicki Prentiss. After telling his accountant the story of how he met Vicki in London in 1916, he tells him how he never saw her again. He still carries the train ticket from the day he left her. Indy is happily surprised to find out that the voice he heard was actually Vicki. The two embrace in a long-overdue reunion.
Indy attends the Annual Celebrity Tennis Shoe Auction and Dinner at the Metropolitan Foundation For Educational Quality and is seated at a table with a group of strangers. Two of the women argue about wearing furs. The one woman talks about redressing the balance with nature that mankind has destroyed. The woman with the fur coat orders veal for dinner which infuriates the other woman. Indy tells them that their discussion about the balance of nature reminds him of when he once went on safari with Teddy Roosevelt in Africa in 1909. He tells them the story and then leaves after dinner. The rest of the people at the table are left wondering what the point of his story was.
While flying on an airline Indy finds himself seated next to the new owner of the airline who is known in the business world as "The Pirate of Wall Street" due to his history of buying up business, breaking them apart and then selling the individual pieces. Indy tries to persuade the man not to break up the airline, but the man has no regard for the employees. Indy tells him he reminds him of a general commanding the French army at Verdun in 1916 who sent his troops to their deaths in the trenches without any regard for their lives. Indy tells how the French finally retook Fort Douaumont, but with 20,000 fatalities. General Petain became a politician after the war and had a hard time living up to his own moral code. Nivelle, he says, resigned and died a bitter old man who never understood the consequences of his actions on the little guy. His story falls on deaf ears, however, as the man had fallen asleep shortly into Indy's recounting.
Indy is at a hospital with a swollen foot from a bee sting when he witnesses a young girl who was the victim of a gunshot wound being brought into ER. Indy says how sad it is to see that happen and the man seated next to him who remarks that she's just a street kid who will probably never amount to anything anyway. Outraged, Indy tells him of when he and his troop found a young orphaned boy in Africa in 1916 who later turned out to be Barthelemy Boganda, the first president of the Central African Republic. Indy says he wrote to the boy when he was old enough to tell him about how they brought him to the missionary where he was raised. When a doctor asks if anyone who has the same blood type as the girl would donate blood. The man next to Indy realizes that he is the only one with her blood type and reluctantly volunteers. As he walks away he tells Indy that he's sorry he ever met him and Indy replies that he has that effect on people.
While waiting, Indy talks to the doctor who gave the young girl the blood transfusion. The doctor laments about the innocent bystanders like the girl who get hurt or killed due to the numerous gang wars. He says he tries to do everything he can to help, but sometimes it seems like it's not enough. Indy tells him that he reminds him of a doctor he once met and tells him how he met Albert Schweitzer in early 1917. He says that Schweitzer returned to Africa after the war and found the hospital was reclaimed by the jungle. Schweitzer built another hospital bigger and better. A nurse tells the doctor that the little girl is going to make it. The doctor tells Indy it was a great pleasure to meet him and goes to talk to the girl's parents.
A mailwoman comes by to pick up the mail from a mailbox and finds Indy trying to retrieve his hamburger which he accidentally dropped in the mailbox instead of his package. She tells him that once he drops something in the mailbox it becomes the property of the U.S. Government until delivery. He says he hasn't had so much trouble delivering a package since when he was a spy in World War I. Indy tells her the story of how he was assigned to get a letter negotiating a separate peace between Austria and the Allies secretly delivered to Emperor Karl in Austria in 1917. He tells her how even though they were successful, the Kaiser eventually learned of the plan and pressured Emperor Karl into reneging on his word. The war went on for an additional year with a few million more lives lost. Emperor Karl ended up being the last emperor of Austria. She opens the mailbox and trades Indy the hamburger for the package. As he walks away, Indy tells her he always had a thing for ladies in uniform.
Indy witnesses a clerk at a doughnut shop being extremely rude to an elderly lady and pins his neck to the counter with his cane while he admonishes him. He orders the clerk to apologize to the lady. The frightened clerk says Indy doesn't understand the pressure he's under with his job. Indy tells him about fighting in the trenches in the Somme in 1916 in order to describe what real pressure is. The police arrive and take Indy away for his assault on the teenager.
Indy is brought to his holding cell screaming that there's no prison that can hold him. He asks the other inmates if anyone has tried escaping and tells them about how he escaped from a German prison in 1916. The inmates, who have been trying to shut Indy up throughout his story, begin yelling for the guards to remove Indy from the cell. As the guards take him to another room to wait for his lawyer, Indy shouts back at them that he told them he'd be out of there within an hour.
Indy arrives at a school to give a lecture to the Pennsylvania History Society. After knocking over the podium and dropping the mike, he tells the story of when he was a spy in Barcelona in 1917 trying to influence Spain to join with the Allies. He says that all of their actions were for naught as Spain never entered the war. When he finishes, the class applauds, however, he finds out that the class he gave the lecture to was American Congress of Neurology.
Indy is fed up with the noise his grandson Spike and his band are creating as they try to rehearse. He tells him that it doesn't matter how many songs Spike can play on the guitar if he can't play any of them well. Spike tells him that they don't need to be good to be famous, but Indy tells him that in music, music comes first. Much to Spike's dismay, Indy tells him the story of how he was putting himself through the University of Chicago in 1920 after returning from the war when he learned to play the soprano sax from Sidney Bechet. He tells them that he only ever played the one song he learned, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," but he got to "jazz" with some of the best.
The neighbors come banging on Indy's door to complain about the noise from Spike's band which is practicing in the garage. Indy removes the fuse and cuts their power. Spike tells him that they are pushing the envelope with their music. Indy then proceeds to tell everyone of how he had friends in Chicago in 1920 who were doing the same with the Blues. He refuses to give back the fuse to Spike, however, which allows the neighbors to finally get some peace and quiet.
Indy is at a gas station when a man in a jacked-up truck with ridiculously huge tires pulls up. Indy asks him why he needs such big wheels. The man tells him that ever since he was a teenager he wanted to drive the hottest car in town. Indy tells the man how he once drove an early racecar designed by Thomas Edison when he was a teenager in 1916. Afterwards, the man lets Indy take his truck for a spin.
Indy is at a photography exhibit when a man comes by to tell him that the exhibit is closing. Indy tells him that the picture he is standing in front of is labeled wrong, it is not a picture of the Bolshevik revolution in October, but an earlier march in July. The man argues with him claiming their research department has done extensive studies on the photographs. Indy tells him about when he was a spy in Russia in 1917 and that four hundred people died the day that photo was taken before the people realized that the revolution wasn't happening yet. Indy points out that he knows this for a fact because his own blurred image can be seen in the photograph.
Indy is stuck in a cab on his way to a play in New York. The cab driver starts yelling at other drivers, especially the men. Indy asks if she hates men. She says that all men are scum. He says that maybe she is looking for perfection and tells her how he was trying to date three women at the same time while working as a stage hand at a play in the summer of 1920. The cab driver asks him what happened with the three girls, but they've arrived at the theater and Indy leaves. She yells after him that men are all the same.
Indy takes his seat at the theater and finds he is seated next to a play critic who is writing his review panning the play before it even opened. Indy asks him if he's a critic or a gossip. Indy tells him how he has seen critics do this before when he was a stagehand at a play in 1920. After the play, the critic says how Indy was right and the play was amazing. Indy is shocked saying that he thought the play stunk. The critic asks what about all of the young people who put so much work into the play. Indy leaves saying they should be ashamed and quit.
Indy's children are questioning his ability to look after himself after an incident where they found him stuck in a tree after trying to rescue his cat. Indy is goes to a psychiatrist to prove to them that he is not crazy. Indy demands that the psychiatrist test him to determine if he is crazy. She asks him if there is any history of mental illness in his family to which Indy replies that is a matter of opinion, but no one was ever diagnosed as mentally unstable. She asks if he has ever undergone psychoanalysis before and he tells her he had a problem once, but he received help from Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Alfred Adler. At first she thinks he is delusional, but he tells her the story of when he was in Vienna in 1908 and fell in love with Princess Sophie. Once the story is over, he tells her that he never received any letters from Sophie and never knew if she received his. She determines that he is neither crazy or senile and says she will right him a letter saying so. As he leaves, she asks if he ever saw her again. He said he did, but that was another story.
Indy is trying to find a parking spot in a crowded parking lot. At the same time two other men are attempting to do the same. The two men are heading down the same aisle towards each other when they spot a space halfway between them. They both race to the spot, but crash into each other. They yell at each other and back up. As they race back to the spot, Indy arrives and manages to park in it as the two men crash into each other again. They both yell at Indy and begin fighting with each other again. Indy tells them a story of when he was in Italy in 1918 and had a similar fight with Ernest Hemmingway over a girl. Indy tells them that after he recovered from his injuries he was shipped out to Rome. He tells them it doesn't pay to fight over something when you lose sight of what you are fighting for. Indy walks away as they continue to yell at him to come back and move his car.
Indy's daughter turns off the soap opera that Indy is enthralled in saying that it's time to leave for the grandparents' tea at his granddaughter Lucy's school. Indy wants to wait until the soap is over. His daughter tells him that soaps are trash, but Indy says its pure theater. She says that it's not real. Indy says that there are times when life is just like theater and tells her the story of when he was in Ireland in 1916 during the Easter Rebellion. Indy tells her that Sean Lamass was not shot and went on to become Prime Minister of Ireland. O'Casey didn't stay, but wrote some great plays. Indy's daughter says it's time to go. Indy still wants to see the end of the soap, but his daughter tells him that it finished ages ago. He asks why she didn't stop him, but she says no one has ever been able to do that.
Indy is at an art auction and sees a "Degas" being auctioned off. He tells the woman next to him how he was there when the painting was done. He the story of how Picasso tricked Degas into signing one of his own paintings in 1908. Indy says he thinks that Degas knew what was going on the whole time. The painting is purchased by a Japanese man who thinks he is buying a Degas. Indy tells him it is a good buy and the man says that one day he hopes to be rich enough to buy a Picasso.
Indy is having Thanksgiving dinner with his daughter and her family when he is reminded about another dinner of thanks giving he had when he was young. He tells them about his adventure in Peking in 1910. Indy says that he thinks that that was the best Thanksgiving feast he ever attended. His granddaughter Lucy asks what that has to do with cranberry sauce. He says not a lot and then tells his grandson Harry to try it; he may find out he hates it as much as Indy does.
Indy is at a coffee shop when a disgruntled man sits down next to him at the counter. The man yells at the waitress and Indy asks why he's so rude. The man tells him how the world is against him. He transferred his job, sold his house and then got laid off. he doesn't think he can get any lower. Indy tells him about, Krishnamurti, the most extraordinary person he ever met when he was in Benares in 1910. Indy tells him that in 1929 Krishnamurti renounced his membership in the Theosophist Society and spent the next fifty years traveling the world and telling people that God is in all of us and that we should be kind to each other. He leaves the man to think about what he said.
Indy is in the check out line at the grocery store when he spots a trashy gossip magazine. He asks who in the world reads this stuff and the lady next to him says people like him read them. She wonders if anybody believes it. Indy says that he's found that sometimes the truth is more fantastic than what you read in those magazines and tells her about when he was on leave in Paris in 1916 and had an affair with Mata Hari. Indy says that less than a year after he left her, Mata Hari was executed for being a spy. The woman asks Indy if she was really a spy. He says that he doesn't know. No one knew for sure and he thinks she didn't even know. None of her friends in high places ever came to her rescue, although he'll always be sorry that it couldn't have been him.
Indy is challenged to a high stakes game of pool in a pool hall. After impressing everyone with one trick shot after the other, he tells them that it's all comes from having a good understanding of the laws of Physics. He tells his opponents how he learned Physics in Italy in 1908. One of the girls asks him if his mother ever saw Puccini again, but Indy doesn't think so. He tells her how Puccini went on to write an opera about an American woman of the old west who gives up her home and friends for the man she loves.
Three trick-or-treaters cautiously approach Indys house on Halloween (they dont want to get stuck listening to him tell a story). After unsuccessfully scaring them by throwing a sheet over his head and pretending to be ghost, Indy asks them if they believe in ghosts. They say that they do not, so Indy tells them how he didnt either until he was sent on a mission to Transylvania in 1918 and came up against the vampire Vlad Tepes. The children are still unswayed, but run screaming from the house when Indy turns around with fake fangs and blood dripping from his mouth.
We last see Indy in 1993, an old man now. Unique amongst virtually all fictional heroes we can trace his adventures throughout almost all his life, from a young child until extreme old age.
Comments: Created by George Lucas and Steven Spielburg. Harrison Ford was the original, thirtysomething Indy, with Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flannery playing the two younger Indy's in the TV show. River Phoenix played 12 year old (!) Indy in the flashback sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
In Egypt in 1908, the original episode of Young Indiana Jones saw Dimitrios escape with the Golden Jackal, setting up the link to the Mexico episode where the teenage Indy finally catches up with the killer of his friend. However, James Thomas wrote to me noting "that was the ending to the original version of the episode aired in 1992. In 1996, George Lucas filmed a new scene to edit that episode into a TV movie. I that version, Lawrence catches Dimitrios by pulling him of a horse, and rolling him down a sand-bank! Now, you have two choices to the end of that segment: Either the one you have already got, or the newly filmed one."
Most of the time line is taken from the "World of Indiana Jones" game.
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