A young college student hires Magnum to find her father, an archaeologist. His boat was found adrift in Nehoa Channel, an area that local Hawaiians believe is cursed and non-Hawaiians should not enter.
Sara Clifford committed suicide in the Summer of 1945 by driving her car off a cliff. Rick meets a woman dressed in white named Sarah in the King Kamehameha Club but when they go for a walk on the beach, the woman disappears.
Magnum thinks he's spotted his one true love Michelle, the woman he married six years earlier during his last tour in Vietnam and thought to have been lost in a bombing raid. As he becomes more and more desperate to find her, he is suddenly and suspiciously recalled for active Navy duty and ordered to testify in Washington.
The infamous daredevil and author 'Mad' Buck Gibson parachutes on to the beach near the club. Joan, one of his ex-wives, hires Magnum to keep an eye on Buck to make sure she collects her alimony. Although Magnum can't stand the idea of being a babysitter, Gibson leaves a trail of destruction behind him that sees both Higgins and Rick end up in hospital.
Dick McWilliams, an old military buddy of Magnum's has been kidnapped. Dick's Japanese wife Mitsu ask TM to drop the ransom without informing the police or her father, who never approved of the marriage in the first place.