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Theodore Taylor

As The Cay opens, the threat of World War II has reached the Caribbean island on which Phillip Enright's American family lives. To escape danger, 11-year-old Phillip and his mother board a freighter which is torpedoed by a German submarine. As the ship goes down, Phillip is struck on the head and wakes up on a raft with an elderly West Indian sailor named Timothy. Phillip soon loses his sight as a result of the blow to his head. The two land on an isolated island, where Timothy provides for their survival. Over several months, Phillip overcomes his racist upbringing and Timothy trains the boy to be self-reliant. When a hurricane strikes, Timothy is killed while protecting his friend. After Phillip survives for another month, he is rescued and carries with him the legacy of Timothy's survival skills, wisdom, and friendship