Suspense's "The Lost Ship" takes its inspiration from the legends of California's Colorado Desert. There are numerous tales of treasure-laden ships lost in the desert north of the Gulf of California, and this episode explores what might happen if one were found. For more information about these lost ships, click here.
Harry Turner and his wife are on the run from the police. Harry stole $50,000 from his employer and now they are driving toward the Mexican border. To avoid the highway patrol, they take a turn onto a desert road, but their car soon breaks down. After walking awhile, they come to a cabin in the mountains that belongs to an old prospector named Pete. He takes them in for the night and tells the Turners the legend of a Spanish galleon filled with treasure that is said to be hidden in the desert sands. At first Harry doesn't believe in the legend, but later, his greed gets the better of him. Harry decides, against Pete's advice, to go after the ship -- alone.
(Map of the Colorado Desert from Wikipedia)