(From the back of the box)
In the years before the First World War, the Orient Express was the most famous train in the world, carrying passengers between Paris and Varna in 80 hours. From Varna, a 15-hour ferry across the Black Sea would bring the passengers to Constantinople, the gateway to Asia. Today, tourists can travel on trains made up of railroad cars from the original Orient Express trains, although the route has been shortened.
The game is set in 1913. As usual, the Orient Express is booked with an assortment of celebrities, most of them wealthy. But aboard the train may also be swindlers, thieves, spies, and even assassins. You and the other players, all famous detectives on your way to a criminologists' convention on the Black Sea, board the train at Paris. At 8 P.M., only four hours out of the station, word comes that one of the passengers has been murdered. You and the other detectives are called on by the train Chief (the "chef de train") to find the killer or killers, and to discover the motive for the crime, before all the suspects detrain at Varna. Whoever solves the crime will become the foremost detective in Europe.