A story of Monte, a tiny squirrel monkey, and his friend Jack are captured by men involved in the illegal selling of endangered species on the black market. The pair escape their captors at the destination on Catalina Island. Evading re-capture, they travel from Avalon to the backside of the island, stumbling into the center of a Ceremonial Indian Gathering. Jack is re-taken prisoner by Joaquin, an evil medicine man who is the Keeper of the Badlands. Receiving a Warriors' blessing from the chief of the tribe, Montes' mission is to rescue Jack. Through the process of gaining the knowledge necessary to achieve this, Monte meets many others; those in the waters around and on Catalina Island, the children who were lost at sea that now inhabit Fantasy World, and some individuals living in San Pedro, California. The story progresses through Montes' escapades, including his face-off with Joaquin in the waters between Catalina and the Mainland.
As a young boy, born and raised in San Pedro, California, the Port of Los Angeles, I was fascinated by the landmass of Catalina Island. A mere 26 miles from home, yet it wasn't until I was 26 that I finally arrived. Today I still live near water, but far from my beloved ocean. The ocean and Santa Catalina Island has always drawn me. After my visit, and several additional trips, my curiosity was more than satisfied. It gives me great pleasure to present the one-on one journey into the Montes' Tale.