This is an epic story of three people, a mother, father, and son, stranded on a deserted island. It is loosely based on a movie from stared in and directed by George C. Scott, named "The Savage is Loose. It was the early 's and sea travel was dangerous and reserved for the wealthiest individuals, business trade, or the very brave. Danger came in many forms, not the least of which was the unpredictable weather. Reporting of weather was crude or nonexistent and there was rarely any warning when tropical storms formed. The Tern Schooner, Pacific Trader, had been thrashed for hours by the extreme waves brought on by a deadly typhoon. No one had predicted the storm before the ship left the port of San Francisco ten days earlier. So large and fierce was the storm that even if the captain had received a telegraph it would have been too late for the doomed ship, crew, and its three civilian passengers.
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The recent movie "Castaway" seems far-fetched yet it happens more often then we would like to believe. It happened to my mother and me about 5 years ago. We were sailing the South Seas with my Dad when we ran into a savage storm. I won't go into all the details except to say that my Dad died when the mast broke and fell on him. The boat also became damaged to the point that my Mom and I took our chances in our dinghy.
You've got three months vacation from university, surely you can spare three weeks? You know very well I can't go, I have business to attend to. Your mother can't go down there on her own.