Pirate Black Luke, scourge of the Atlantic, maroons a company of women and children on a flimsy raft. The young woman Lucille goes overboard and dies, but her ghost haunts Black Luke and his crew - causing their doom.
The coalminers Tom and Matty fight over the same woman, Ruth. Tom tries to slay Matty and leaves him to perish in an abandoned mine shaft. Some time later, however, Tom is trapped in a cave-in and comes across the mortal remains of his rival Matty. The skeleton holds him down while rats close in on Tom.
When geologist McIntyre watches a forbidden native ritual, he is marked for death. Strange things begin to happen in the household, as native woman Nagana presents McIntyre's daughter Betsy with a voodoo doll.
The secret of his lifelike puppets is a simple one: Conrad Lebaron uses real bodies of beautiful women to create his famed manikins. But when he kills singer Regina Walters, he is being haunted by her ghostly apparition.