The adventures of Robinson Crusoe begin when he leaves his parents' house in York to search for adventure at sea. This leads to a thrilling tale of pirates, slavery, daring escapes and strange people. But it is when he is shipwrecked on an island after a terrible storm that he faces his greatest test. It is not enough to survive, he must thrive, and use all his knowledge and skills to accomplish this. From its first publication in 1719, the adventures of Robinson Crusoe have continued to enthrall and inspire readers of all ages.