Grief, speculation, and a terrible hurricane off the coast of Cape Hatteras converge upon the passenger vessel Independence as it sails from South Carolina to New York City in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story "The Oblong Box".
A man named Wyatt has boarded the ship with his wife and daughters. "He had the ordinary temperament of genius and was a compound of misanthropy, sensibility, and enthusiasm", intones David Ely, who performs the text with a measured sense of suspense. But Wyatt also carries with him an oblong box, for which he has rented a separate room. The mysterious contents of this strange box will haunt the unnamed narrator for several months, and it will haunt the listener for 29 dark minutes.