Synopses & Reviews
All his life Phillip had looked down upon black-skinned people. Now, suddenly, he was a refugee from a fatal shipwreck, and dependent on an extraordinary West Indian named Timothy. There were just the two of them cast up on the barren little Caribbean Island...three if you counted Stew Cat...and a crack on the head had left Phillip blind.
An exciting, moving adventure story, The Clay tells of their struggle for survival...and of Phillip's effort to adjust to his blindness, and to understand the dignified, wise, and loving man who was his companion. An exciting and moving adventure story of two shipwreck victims' struggle to survive. THE CAY is also a story of adjustment and learning to understand people who are different. Innocence vs. wisdom, black vs. white, growing up and surviving...[are] forcefully portrayed.-School Library Journal