JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA
by Eva Ibbotson.
Adapted by Simon Reade
It is 1910. Thirteen year old Maia, a recent orphan, can't wait to reach her distant relatives as she travels from England with her inscrutable governess Miss Minton, a thousand miles up the Amazon.
She imagines a loving family with whom she will share great adventures. Instead, she finds two spiteful cousins who see the jungle as the enemy and refuse to go outdoors.
Her aunt is an appalling and unpleasant snob who loathes the local people and her husband Mr Carter is a failing and vicious rubber plantation owner with a glass eye collection.
Fortunately the wonders of the rainforest more than make up for the hideous Carters. And when Maia meets the mysterious Finn, a boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, she begins a spectacular journey to the heart of an extraordinary new world.
Along the way they must outwit Low & Trapwood, two private detectives sent to return Finn to England to face his destiny. But what is to be Maia’s destiny and who exactly is Miss Minton?