The story begins with the family who has survived a terrible storm, and being hunted by pirates, to discover that their ship is destroyed, unable to sail any further.
Therefore, they must make a new life on the island that lies in the distance. They have with them all that they need for a new life since they were on their way to New Guinea.
The island that they land on is described as lush and tropical.
The island and the ship wreck are the places, but I'm trying to find the year or whatever and can't seem to find it anywhere!