On a serene Friday night in suburban London, Peter Pan disrupts the Darling household by flying into the nursery window to listen to bedtime stories. Soon Wendy and her brothers take wing, following Peter to Neverland, where time stands still.
Cocky Peter Pan captains his new guests and his crew of six lost boys through the dangers of his island domain--wild beasts, mermaids, Indians, pirates. Wendy readily assumes the role of surrogate mother, in charge of storytelling, darning, and maintaining order. Harrowing adventures such as being trapped on Marooner’s Rock, rescuing Princess Tiger Lily, and narrowly escaping the snares of villainous pirate leader, Captain Hook, spice the flow of childhood fun.
On the Night of Nights, pirates discover the children’s underground house; a pitched battle occurs, and all but Peter are captured, trussed, and scheduled to walk the plank on Captain Hook’s ship. Through a clever ruse, Peter is able to sneak aboard and demoralize Hook’s crew. At last, Peter goes sword to sword with the infamous Hook. The Captain meets his fate, not on Peter’s sword, but in the jaws of the ticking crocodile, which has pursued him as tirelessly as time itself.
Peter, Wendy, and all the boys return to the security of the Darling nursery, where school, jobs, and adulthood inevitably ensue. Peter, however, refuses adoption and returns to Neverland because he wants always to remain a boy and have fun. To Wendy’s...
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