||Eric Burnside is not a successful detective. His chief sends him to India to chase after Panama Pete, a dangerous criminal. Eric asks a fakir if he knows where Pete is, the fakir points up a vertical rope. Suddenly Pete shoots at Eric, Eric pursues Pete through the market but loses him. Back with the fakir Eric climbs up the rope into clouds. The rope falls down as the fakir stops playing. Eric chases Pete through a strange land and, when he catches him, Pete has grown old. Pete is taken back to the USA where fingerprints prove who he is. After 10 years in prison he is now very old.