Within these pages is excitement, adventure, romance on the high seas, civilization, and the wilds of the jungle-all set in the mid-1800s. This is the story of a young Dutchman who becomes a man very quickly. This is a story of his friendship and devotion to a full-grown gorilla named Tico. Together they fight outlaws, pirates, and wild natives. This is a story of trying to overcome adversities and tame a wild land in the heart of Africa while making a home for family and friends. Lastly, this is a story of friendship between man and beast. You will laugh, cry, and cheer for them every step of the way.