Stevenson, the teller of tales, is at the centre of this story of the South Seas. Who is the mysterious stranger? Where is the girl? This is not a whodunnit - it's a whathappenit? See if you can work it out.
The drums beat out a persistent rhythm that grew subtly, steadily, and a row of men, dabs of paint on their cheeks, began dancing in a straight line, while the women sang in counterpoint an encouraging chorus.