Superstar teen chef Neil Flamb isn't thrilled when his cousin Larry moves to Japan to work on an online manga comic book. Now who'll help him in the kitchen? But he finds a replacement in Gary the bike courier, and life, and the restaurant, moves on without Larry. That is, until the news comes that Larry has been in a fatal boating accident and is lost at sea.
Neil is devastated. But then he checks Larry's online manga. There's a subtle change in the plot, something Neil and Larry had discussed--something only Neil would notice. Is this a cryptic message from beyond the grave--or is Larry still alive? Determined to find out, Neil heads to Japan to solve his next mystery.