The Tigers of Malaysia are back in Mompracem. News from Labuan has reached the island. Lord Guillonk is making the arrangements for the wedding between his niece and Baronet Roshental. Sandokan is furious and can think of nothing but rescuing Mariana, which will be extremely difficult. Aware of this, Yañez is trying to think of a trick to get to Mariana without having to face the Baronet’s fleet. Surama has a marvellous idea: since Mariana is popular and held in great esteem by the natives, who call her the “Pearl of Labuan”, why no have them pay tribute to her in a celebration in honour of her forthcoming wedding? It would be ease for the pirates to disguise themselves as natives.