By James Pattinson
The island was uninhabited except for the skeleton.
This bony relic could probably have told a very interesting story if it had been able to speak.
But it could not, and the four young people who had stumbled upon it were presented with a puzzle which was not easily solved.
But it was what lay beneath the skeleton that was most intriguing.
How did it get there?
And could they legally claim it for themselves just because they found it?
There were others who certainly did not think so, and a clash of interests was to lead to some bitter argument and not a little violence along the way…
James Pattinson (1915-2009) was a full-time author who, despite having travelled throughout the world, lived in the remote village where he grew up. He wrote magazine articles, short stories and radio features as well as numerous novels including Crane and The Silent Voyage.