Eleven-year-old Phillip and his mother flee their Caribbean island as German submarines begin to enter the waters in their area during World War 2. Horrifically their ship is torpedoed and there only three survivors: Phillip, Timothy (a black West Indian native) and a cat.
During their days at sea, Phillip is blinded by the glaring sun, and he quickly becomes completely dependent on Timothy. Eventually they find a tiny island where they hope to survive until they can be rescued. In the beginning, Phillip’s prejudice keeps him from accepting Timothy’s help, but as the weeks pass, Phillip comes to trust and love Timothy and becomes, as he later describes himself, completely “color blind.”
The Cay, a touching story of cross-cultural, cross-racial humanity, is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sequel: Timothy of the Cay Middle Grade Reading Level, 176 pages, Published in 1993.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 160 pages, Published in 1969.