Tonight, we have a story of solidarity, hope and ultimately survival in the face of adversity. It took place more than 50 years ago, but when it was rediscovered last year it caused a sensation. It's a tale of a group of schoolboys stranded on a remote and deserted island for more than 15 months. It might remind you of the famous novel—Lord of the Flies, by William Golding—but as you'll see, the outcome of this real-life story could not have been more different.
The story begins in 1965. Mano Totau and five of his friends were studying at a boarding school in Tonga, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Bored, rebellious, and yearning for adventure—they stole a traditional whaling boat—and with reckless abandon they set off for Fiji.
Holly Williams: Did it have an engine?
Mano Totau: No, no engine.
Holly Williams: But Mano, isn't Fiji about 500 miles from Tonga?