Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.

Rudi Gunn: [Dirk wants Al to pull a "Panama"] What's a Panama?
Al Giordino: It's a Navy thing.
Rudi Gunn: I didn't know you were in Panama.
Al Giordino: We weren't in Panama, we were in Nicaragua.
Rudi Gunn: So why do you call it a Panama?
Al Giordino: Because we thought we were in Panama!
Al Giordino: Man, the Admiral's gonna be mad when he hears you lost his satellite phone.
Dirk Pitt: Not as mad as when Rudi tells him it was attached to the boat.
Dirk Pitt: I'll meet you at the boat.
[Slaps Al in the arm then leaves the bar]
Al Giordino: [acts like Dirk is still there] Ow. No, I got the check. Don't worry about it. I'm serious. I know, I get it all the time. Sit down, I'll get the check. L'addition.
[two of Zatib's gunboats have just intercepted the NUMA team]
Dirk Pitt: I'm sorry, I don't speak English.
Gunboat Officer: You are speaking English right now.
Dirk Pitt: No, I only know how to say, "I don't speak English" in English.
Al Giordino: Hey Dirk! Where are we headed?
Dirk Pitt: Hell if I know... but we're making great time!
Al Giordino: I am so tired of being shot at!
Al Giordino: Hi! How are ya?
Dirk Pitt: Al, did you bring the explosives from Massardes?
Al Giordino: Couldn't find them...
Dirk Pitt: Al...
Al Giordino: I didn't have time...
Dirk Pitt: Al!
Al Giordino: [yells] Of course I brought the explosives!
Al Giordino: Hey, you know how it is when you see someone that you haven't seen since high school, and they got some dead-end job, and they're married to some woman that hates them, they got, like, three kids who think he's a joke? Wasn't there some point where he stood back and said, "Bob, don't take that job! Bob, don't marry that harpy!" You know?
Dirk Pitt: Your point?
Al Giordino: Well, we're in the desert, looking for the source of a river pollutant, using as our map a cave drawing of a Civil War gunship, which is also in the desert. So I was just wondering when we're gonna have to sit down and re-evaluate our decision-making paradigm?
Dirk Pitt: [coming up on the fortress seen in the cave painting] I don't know - it seems to be working so far.
Al Giordino: Hey, you ever been after marlins, doctor?
Dirk Pitt: Oh, no, not the marlin story again, Al.
Al Giordino: Seven hundred and thirty-three pounds. Five and a half hours in the fighting chair.
Dirk Pitt: I thought it was 600 pounds.
Al Giordino: Hey! What did you catch that day? I can't remember anything at all.
Al Giordino: [after the boat blows up] I lost my hat!
Admiral James Sandecker: [tracking Dirk and Al] Where would they go? Where are they headed?
Carl: Well, based on their behavior so far... I have no idea.
Dirk Pitt: [after they come across a wrecked plane in the middle of the Sahara] I'll bet you a hundred there's a tool kit in there.
Al Giordino: [looking at the tattered remnants of the plane] I don't wanna rain on your crazy parade, buddy, but I don't think we can fix this thing.
Dirk Pitt: [while digging to find a way into the CSS Texas] How's it looking, Al?
Al Giordino: You're good!
Al Giordino: [Helicopter appears from behind sand dunes] DIG FASTER!
Al Giordino: Ah, how do you put this thing on, anyway?
Dirk Pitt: What? Just wrap it around your noggin.
Al Giordino: Which part, this?
[Holds up end of turban fabric]
Al Giordino: .
Dirk Pitt: Yeah.
Al Giordino: [Pulls the fabric from his head] well, how come yours stays on?
Dirk Pitt: Maybe you have a small head.
Al Giordino: I don't think so. Someone would have told me.
Al Giordino: [points at Dirks coin clue] Hey, you know my dad collected ancient coins, from Rome, China, Siam, Persia... somehow they all ended up in a shoe box in New Jersey.
Dirk Pitt: Meaning?
Al Giordino: Coins travel, Dirk. I mean, even if that poor guy was still alive, it could have been nothing.
Dirk Pitt: Yeah, but the coin traveled from somewhere Al. Unless it hitched a ride on the back of a dolphin, I'm gonna guess it's jumping off point was a little closer to where we're sitting.
Dr. Frank Hopper: How long have you two be together, anyway?
Al Giordino: Kindergarden, college, Navy, NUMA. Poor guy's always been in my shadow.
Dr. Frank Hopper: That is long time.
Al Giordino: Yep. Always the Al's maid, never the Al.
Dirk Pitt: We need to find that bomb.
Al Giordino: No. I'll find the bomb. You get the girl.
Dirk Pitt: ...Deal!
Dirk Pitt: [after he and Al crashed down the sand dunes on the truck bed and find the skeleton] No way!
Al Giordino: Why "no way"?
Dirk Pitt: [clearing the sand from the jacket] Kitty Mannock. She flew from London to Cape Town in 1931. They never found her or her plane. This must be where she crash.
Al Giordino: [pointing off to the wreckage] Nope. "That's" where she crashed.
[Al, Dirk and Rudi are being chased in the Admiral's boat]
Al Giordino: What do you think, Dirk?
Dirk Pitt: Uh... I think we need to pull a Panama!
Al Giordino: A Panama... a *Panama*?
Admiral James Sandecker: [on the phone] A Panama? No! No Panama!
Rudi Gunn: [after they pulled a Panama] Is that how it worked the first time?
Dirk Pitt: Well, it didn't really work the first time.
Al Giordino: Hey, I cant remember how this works... something about a fox and a rabbit... its really bugging me
Dirk Pitt: The fox chases the rabbit around the tree and down the hole. Thats how the tie works buddy.
Yves Massarde: Your death would look pretty bad in the papers.
Eva Rojas: So does the word "plague".
Rudi Gunn: But I was hoping to meet a girl on the Australian trip!
Al Giordino: No, African war zone; ship of death!
Admiral James Sandecker: [sees Rudi on a couch] Rudi?
Rudi Gunn: [sits up] Admiral, I have news about your boat. Boom.
[makes a hand gesture that implies blowing up]
Al Giordino: [after an explosion that ripped down an interior wall to reveal confederate gold] Jefferson Davis had how many samples made?
Al Giordino: [in Kazim's stolen car, being chased by a chopper] It's Kazim! Hey, maybe he wants his car back?
Admiral James Sandecker: [after being ignored on the phone] They're ignoring me. I can't believe they are ignoring me.
[turns around to see that no one is listening to him on his ship]
Admiral James Sandecker: Everyone's ignoring me.
Admiral James Sandecker: I can't ask you boys to do this alone.
Dirk Pitt: That's the great part about it, sir. You know you never have to.
Al Giordino: [after going outside and being shot at] Next time, *you* go!
Dirk Pitt: What the hell took you so long?
Al Giordino: What? I stopped for coffee.
Dirk Pitt: Get a receipt?
Al Giordino: Yeah, I got a receipt, and I got you one, too!
Dirk Pitt: You're the best, Al!
Al Giordino: You know what? I'll even get you the money from Sandecker!
Yves Massarde: [to Dirk as he's trying to stop Massarde while holding a gun to Ava's head before the helicopter is about to take off] I apologize, Mr. Pitt. This is not what it appears.
Dirk Pitt: [dropping weapon and holding his hands up] Did I miss something? I've seen your toxic dump. I've seen sick Tuareg women and children and I saw the dead in Asselar. Did I leave something out?
Yves Massarde: I understand you believe there is some sort of plague coming out of Mali.
Dr. Frank Hopper: We don't like to say "plague".
Yves Massarde: What do you think it is, then?
Eva Rojas: A plague.
[on the phone, after they pulled a Panama]
Admiral James Sandecker: He pulled a Panama!
Eva Rojas: [as Kazim's troops lay down their weapons in surrender] Looks like you killed the snake.
Admiral James Sandecker: You've got 72 hours, and not a nanosecond more.
Dirk Pitt: Hey, Al. Do remember that time when we were in Morocco?
Al Giordino: Ya, when you made me ride that damn camel, that bit my ass.
Dirk Pitt: Yeah, that's the time.
Al Giordino: [pauses, confused] Why?
Dirk Pitt: [Dirk and Al are chained to each other and the bed of a pickup truck. They detach the bed and push it off the frame of the truck] Well, that's a new one.
Al Giordino: [Looking at the still attached chains] Yeah. We're home free now.
Dirk Pitt: [on a phone] Admiral?
Admiral James Sandecker: Dirk! Oh, thank God! Where the *hell* are you?
Dirk Pitt: Well, that's a damn good question, sir...
[first lines]
Sailor Who Drops Gold: Sorry, captain.
Pilot, Ironclad: It's all right son, just keep moving. That's the future in your hands.
Admiral James Sandecker: [after his boat has been shot up]
[over the phone]
Admiral James Sandecker: Don't you hurt my boat.
Dirk Pitt: We could use some serious muscle out here.
Admiral James Sandecker: Well, you're not gonna get it. I'm getting the D.C. two-step, big time!
Dirk Pitt: He is going to blow it up.
Al Giordino: That isn't very subtle.
Rudi Gunn: [answers the phone] Uh... Hello, Admiral, you still there? I shot a guy with a flare gun.
Admiral James Sandecker: [on the phone] What? You shot a guy with a flare gun? Who?
[no answer]
[first title card]
Title card: Richmond, Virginia 1865 / The end of the Civil War
Title card: The last ironclad ship to run the Union blockade
Eva Rojas: You're late. I was told an 8:00 departure.
Dirk Pitt: What?
Al Giordino: I never said 8.
Dirk Pitt: I said 9.
Eva Rojas: Well, it's after 10.
Dirk Pitt: Well who said 8?
Dirk Pitt: [to Eva] You, me, and the bay at Monterey
[last lines]
Dirk Pitt: There's something I wanted to say to you that I never got a chance to.
Eva Rojas: What's that?
Dirk Pitt: You DO throw like a girl! Hey! You do!
General Zateb Kazim: Don't worry. It's Africa. Nobody cares about Africa.
Dirk Pitt: [to Eva as Al, Dirk and Eva are being pursued in Kazim's car] I hope you don't throw like a girl!
Dirk Pitt: What do you do if you're about to be exposed as the biggest polluter in modern history?
Al Giordino: I don't know, run for president?
Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino: [at the same time] There's no way that should've worked!

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