Phillip and his mother leave curaçao, and board a ship (the S.S. Hato) to go back to America.
The S.S. Hato is attacked. Phillip is struck in the head by a piece of wood and falls unconscious, only to wake up on a raft with an old man named Timothy and a cat. Phillip becomes blind from his probable concussion.
Phillip, Timothy, and Stew Cat find an island. Timothy believes it is located in “the devil’s mouth” and there’s no telling when they will be rescued. They build shelter and tools, and Phillip learns survival skills.
A hurricane hits the island (or cay) and Timothy protects Phillip from the storm. Sadly, this leads to the death of Timothy. Phillip and Stew Cat remain okay.
Phillip buries Timothy and starts collecting resources again. He is soon saved by people after months of being on the cay.
Phillip is reunited with his parents, and gets several surgeries which allow him to see agin.