I was born twice. First in a wooden room that jutted out over the
black water of the Thames, and then again eight years later in the
Highway, when the tiger took me in his mouth and everything truly
began.’ 1857. Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London’s
East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal.
Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach – explorer,
entrepreneur and collector of the world’s strangest creatures – the
two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself
on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies, on an unusual
commission for Mr Jamrach. His journey – if he survives it – will
push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits.