After Huck's father returns to St. Petersburg in Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he realizes his life will be made miserable once again. His Pap wants to get his hands on Huck's money, so Huck stages his own death and takes off for nearby Jackson Island. After a few days, he realizes that Miss Watson's slave, Jim, has escaped and is also on the island. Huck slips away, dressed in girl's clothing to cover his identity, and discovers that although everyone believes he is dead, people are searching for Jim in order to collect a reward. He sets off to warn Jim, and the two plan to head to Cairo, Illinois and then catch a boat northward, where Jim will be safe.