The Island of Doctor Moreau is the account of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked Englishman with a scientific education. A passing ship takes him aboard, and a man named Montgomery revives him. The ship is bound for Hawaii after first stopping at a small volcanic island, later identified as Noble's Isle. Prendick also meets a grotesque bestial native named M'ling, who appears to be Montgomery's manservant. Additionally, the ship is transporting a number of animals which belong to Montgomery. As the ship approaches the island, the captain demands Prendick leave the ship with Montgomery. However, Montgomery explains that he will not be able to host Prendick, either. Despite this, the captain leaves Prendick in a dinghy, after unloading Montgomery and his animals, and sails away. Seeing that the captain has abandoned Prendick, Montgomery takes pity and rescues him. It is explained that ships rarely pass the island, so Prendick will be housed in an outer room of an enclosed compound.
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) wrote the science fiction classics The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds, and has often been heralded as a father of modern science fiction.