By John Christopher
After the disastrous Breakdown of the twenty-first century, the area has made a transformation. Now, within the twenty-third century, all towns are ordered and sterile, rigorously balanced, safe, and remoted from the uncivilized Outlands.
Clive Anderson, the son of a political candidate, lives a privileged existence in a single of the towns till he's falsely accused of committing a criminal offense. As punishment he's despatched to a coaching island, the place he's imagined to be re-taught the best way to be an unquestioning member of society, like everybody else within the cities.
But Clive and his acquaintances have the ability to break out the island, making their manner into the forbidden and unknown Outlands, the place they're captured through the mythical Wild Jack and his troop of savages. in the beginning, Clive is worked up to be a part of this wild team, yet quickly he realizes that issues aren't in any respect what they seem...