If Brave New World was Aldous Huxley's technocratic hell, Island was his Utopia. For in this, his last novel, he imagined man at his sanest and most admirable.
Will Farnaby is touring the Far East as a journalist and business contact for an oil and newspaper tycoon. A sudden squall shipwrecks him on Pala, an Island where he discovers a kind and happy people who have equality without mediocrity, compassion as well as intelect, and science side by side with art. Yet, even as he admires, Will finds himself involved in a takeover bid for Pala's oil.