This novel is a prequel and a sequel to the popular story The Cay which is set in World War II. The prequel chapters tell us about Timothy's childhood and his adult years before he meets Phillip on the S.S. Hato. The themes of racism and friendship continue throughout this story. Novel by Theodore Taylor. Reproducible chapter questions, plus comprehension questions, a story summary, author biography, creative and cross curricular activities, complete with answer key.