The story is set during World War II, when German submarines were still a threat to ships on the sea. Phillip and his mother are on a ship when it is torpedoed by a German submarine. When Phillip emerges from the disaster he is blind, and sharing a life raft with an old black sailor named Timothy. At first Phillip’s racist attitude prevents him from truly appreciating Timothy, but when they are cast up on a barren island they must work together to survive. Phillip comes to appreciate Timothy as they learn more about each other, and as Phillip realizes what an extraordinary person Timothy really is.
“The Cay” is a study of contrasts. Although it portrays an inexperienced white Phillip, and the kind and wise black Timothy, its real message is that beneath the skin we are really all the same. I appreciated the moving story and serious message presented in “The Cay.”
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The prequel/sequel to this book: "Timothy of the Cay"
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