After summarizing the major events of the original novel, the adventures of the Zermatt family and their new friends the Wolstons continues. Fritz and Francis Zermatt along with Jenny Montrose are going to return to Europe with the Unicorn so that Jenny might get her father's approval to marry Fritz and the boys were to get his father's account of their stay at New Switzerland published and use the resulting funds to finance their new colony at New Switzerland. Meanwhile Dolly Wolston would go to South Africa to bring her brother and his family to join the colony at New Switzerland. After they leave, the remaining colonists (as they were no longer shipwreck survivors) were determined to investigate the unknown parts of the island. A new river is discovered (named the Montrose after Jenny's family) and the mountain range is explored, with the peak being named after Jean Zermatt. The threat of savages on the island has become a real thing and the colonists are anxiously awaiting the return of the Unicorn, which was now a few weeks overdue.
Finished with their business in Europe, Fritz, Francis and Jenny have made it to Cape Town, South Africa with the Unicorn, but storm damage has made that ship un-seaworthy. Reunited with Dolly Wolston, her brother and his family they set out aboard the Flag. Unfortunately there is a mutiny on board and the passengers as well as the captain and his mate are set off in a boat. The castaways of the Flag eventually find themselves wrecked at the base of a cliff on the barren shore of an unknown land. They find a way to scale the cliff and soon discover where they've landed, New Switzerland. With a feeling of relief they make the journey to the established part of the island only to find out that it has become overrun by savages and the fate of the original colonists is unknown. Providence itself will be required to return New Switzerland to the control of the colonists.
NOTE: Verne wrote this as a sequel to Johann Wyss's book The Swiss Family Robinson. In this novel the surname of the family is never revealed, Verne gives the family a surname and his tale covers the unexplored parts of "New Switzerland."
Synopsis ©2006, The Works of Jules Verne
Used with permission.
Original title: Second Fatherland
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure