it's the (fictional) story of a group of students trapped on a tropical island for over a year before eventually finding a way out. it's written like it's a true story from the perspective of the author of the tale but he isn't convinced that what the survivors are saying is true... so he tries to find out. at times i really did forget that the story was fictional, a really good read, very 'The Beach' like. so if you like that i highly recommend this. I finished it in 2 days 'cos it was so gripping. 9/10.