Let's start with a working definition of climax. A story's climax is a point in the narrative in which the conflict and tension are at the maximum. It's also a turning point in a story that moves the reader from rising actions to falling actions. For The Cay, I believe that the highest point of narrative tension is the hurricane that Phillip and Timothy have to endure. I also think the hurricane works as the climax because of how much of a turning point it is for Phillip. Before the hurricane, Phillip is very dependent on Timothy for survival. The two characters have become friends, and Phillip is getting better at caring for himself; however, Timothy still does a great deal. After the hurricane, all of that changes. Timothy survives the storm, but he isn't capable of doing anything, and he eventually dies from his injuries. Phillip is now in charge of his own fate. The story has turned from being a story about Phillip and Timothy to being a story about Phillip's final time on the cay and eventual rescue.