A tsunami wipes out life on a small island “somewhere in the South Pelagic Ocean”. Mau, one of the few survivors meets Daphne, a young English girl whose ship was deposited on the island by the tidal wave. Over time other survivors make it to the island and a new nation is born.
Not everyone speaks the same language, practices the same religion, has the same customs and traditions, but they now must work together because their survival depends on it. With humor and wisdom, Terry Pratchett explores how people build a new society when everything has been wiped away.
It may sound very serious and boring and not summer read like, but there are also funny and thrilling adventures that involve cannibals and secret treasures.
How do you think you would handle building a new society from the ground up with people who may or may not have similar beliefs and values? What would be your ideal society?