With Mariana safely aboard, Sandokan and his men head for Mompracem. On the way they stop off at a small island inhabited by fishermen who are allies of the Tiger of Malaysia. A fisherman asks them to follow him and takes them to his house, where he briefs them on the situation in Mompracem: the island has been occupied by an enemy garrison who have taken the pirates prisoner and are closely watching their positions. Sandokan decides to set off for Mompracem without delay.