**A true adventure story of enchantment and excitement. The author, to prove his theory that the mysterious disappearance of the pre-Inca Indians of Peru had something to do with the origin of the Polynesians, sailed some 4,000 miles across the Pacific on balsa-rafts. A full quota of storms, sea monsters; -- shipwreck, welcome by natives as white gods, and the 101 days on the open ocean to enthrall the reader. To rank with the works of Jules Verne in thrilling adventure. A modern classic.