A puddle on a cobblestone street reflects colored lights. The sound of a crowd cheering echoes, a festival, Mardi Gras. A foot splashes through the puddle.
Suzanne is running through an alley. She slutches a sachel to her chest, looking behind, apparently persued. At the end of the alley in front of her, a parade rolls by, a crowd gathered. She turns to look behind again, and runs smack into a man in shadow. Herbert. She stumbles, hugs the satchel, and turns to run the other way. Herbie is fast. He grabs her around the waist and drags her into the dark shadows of the alley. She struggles in the darkness. We know that she is dead when the satchel drops to the ground. Followed by her body. Herbie picks up the satchel and
Rifles through it in a cafe nearby, the parade still rolling. From the bag he removes an old manuscript, strange texts, diagrams, maps. He studies them, drinking, smoking. One sketch in particular takes his interest, one half of a torn drawing showing what appears to be a cave, an eye, and a jewel. From his pocket he removes a folded scrap of paper. The other half of the sketch. Together they form a sort of map. Herbie sets out on a quest. Using landmarks from the map (a stone pillar, a gnarled tree....think Goonies, lighthouse rock and restaurant), Herbie comes to a colossal stone sculpture in the swamp.....