Six college students became friends because they all have the same goal: sell a professorís self-published book and make extra pocket money. Twenty years later, their lives have taken completely different turns and they have drifted apart from each other. Two of them who were married to each other are now divorced and holding prominent careers, one stays at home all day to run her daycare and help her aging parents, a fourth is a socialite and designer, and another holds dark secrets in his car business. Only one, David Payne, takes time out from his life as a busy pediatric surgeon to go on a special trip each year to a needy foreign country to help people. Every time David invites the other five to go with him, only to always be turned down.
When David dies in a freak car accident, the other five reunite at his funeral and decide to embark on his latest mission: to build a school on one of the Marshall Islands. They all hope to find out what it was that made David so different from them and his life so much more fulfilled.
When they crash land on an uncharted island, off course, they get more than they bargained for.
Each of the main characters struggle with sexual sin of some kind. There are descriptions of women in bikinis, men suggesting weekend get-togethers with women, women having affairs to win favors, a woman seducing a man (who later calls his wife and repents), women seducing their bosses, divorce, dating, infidelity, secret crushes, and blackmail.
An immodest woman gets drunk on a boat in a manís dream and he imagines toying with her.
A woman gets bit by ants under her shirt (description of anatomy).
A woman removes her undershirt after telling a man to look away (She puts back on her blouse.)
A gym trainer is described as being a homosexual. He looks a woman over and tells her how good she looks. She tells him she has to lose more weight, even though she is portrayed as overly skinny.
We hear of a man murdering many women (very little description), alligators eating bodies, and hunting people for sport. Two kidnappings (with intent on murder) are described. No description of serious injury is mentioned in the kidnapping scenes.
There is one detailed and explicit description of a man torturing a woman.
A woman thinks about slapping her parents, tying them to chairs, and holding children by the hair.
People are washed ashore with all sorts of injuries that they sustain for the last half of the book, the worst of which is a deep cut that has taken off half of a womanís nose.
A man is hit over the head and another is duct-taped to a boat. Both drown. A dead man is described as drifting past another man in the ocean.
A man gushes blood after a nail pierces his foot.
A woman jumps off a cliff and breaks her neck.
A man talks about eating a supposed-dead body. A fight ensues and the body is not eaten.
A woman imagines slashing the face and neck of another woman as well as a pastor.
Five people have a dream that terrifies them where their life is in danger and they see an old friend trying, without avail, to tell them something.
People suffer terrible thirst and pain.
A woman receives ant bites all over her body, down her shirt, and in her mouth.
Many people almost drown.
Talk of suicide.
A man is described as having a foul mouth and cursing, but no word is ever mentioned in the book.
Christian Principles: Good
The plot brings you in like a soap opera as you get a look into six peopleís lives, but turns into the White Throne of Judgment, as sin is depicted as vile and terrible and each character gets a taste of what they truly are. In the end there is a parallel between the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man, as well as the parable of the King inviting wedding guests to the feast. Sadly, there is no mention of Jesusí actual name or of the Bible, but the message is clear. The self-published book that the characters used to sell is an analogy of the Bible and soon they realize they rejected God.
One character tells another that itís not what they do that sends them to hell, itís that they rejected Godís gift.
People are portrayed as church-goers with outward good deeds, but having no saving faith in their hearts. Even the worst of sinners is depicted as no worse than the church-goer hypocrite with sinful thoughts in their heart.