A storm at sea ... a doomed ship . a sole survivor . . . here is Daniel De-foe's immortal tale of a young merchant seaman cast ashore on an uninhabited tropical island, destined to spend twenty-four years in isolated loneliness. But more than a story of man against nature, Robinson Crusoe is a penetrating study of a universal problem -- man against himself. In this great work Defoe introduces us to an immature Crusoe, floundering as aimlessly through life as he later is to flounder helplessly in the grip of a savage sea. We share his struggle for survival; feel his despondence at hearing no human sound but the echo of his own despairing prayers; suffer his hostility toward a God he feels has unjustly forsaken him. And at the end of his long ordeal we witness a rebirth: We see a mature Robinson Crusoe who has doggedly conquered his environment and rekindled his faith in his Saviour ... a Robinson Crusoe who has finally mastered himself.