Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 Abstract
* In 1893, Humphrey "Hump" Van Weyden, the narrator, travels aboard the ferry-steamer Martinez to San Francisco.
* From the dense fog bank another ship emerges. The Martinez attempts a last-minute evasive maneuver to no avail, and the larger ship bears down and collides into the Martinez.
* Hump realizes the Martinez is rapidly sinking, and leaps...
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