While orbiting the earth, a U. S. space capsule is intercepted and drawn into the nose of a mammoth spaceship. The Russians are blamed for the incident, but the real culprit is SPECTRE, an international crime syndicate engaged in provoking a third world war. When Allied missile tracking stations reveal the ship has landed somewhere in Japan, secret agent James Bond is sent to investigate. To convince the enemy he is dead, an elaborate murder and sea burial are staged, enabling Bond to sneak into Japan; despite the precaution, however, Bond's Tokyo contact is killed. Aided by Tiger Tanaka's secret service, Bond learns that Osato Engineering is somehow involved and takes along Tanaka's beautiful secretary, Aki, to investigate the company's shipping enterprises. He is captured by Osato's sadistic but seductive accomplice, Helga Brandt, and left alone in an airborne, pilotless plane, which he somehow manages to land. Bond then surveys the Japanese coastline in his miniature helicopter and pinpoints the center of enemy operations in the vicinity of an extinct volcano. After Aki is murdered by a poison intended for Bond, a Russian space capsule disappears. With the world on the brink of nuclear war, Bond disguises himself as a native fisherman with a beautiful wife, Kissy Suzuki, and moves toward the volcano while Tanaka prepares his commandos for attack. As another U. S. spaceship is launched, Bond and Kissy make their way into the volcano and discover the gigantic headquarters of SPECTRE. Quickly freeing the captured American and Russian astronauts, Bond fights his way to SPECTRE mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has just thrown Helga into a pool of piranhas for failing to kill the secret agent. As Tanaka's commandos rush into the volcano, Blofeld sets off a series of tremendous explosions before being knocked into the pool and devoured. The crater and SPECTRE stronghold are destroyed, but Bond and Kissy escape by tunnel in a rubber dinghy and land atop a surfacing British submarine.