A Search for a Son is an account of a father’s attempts to discover what has happened to his son, who disappeared in the Darien Gap Jungle in Panama, in Central America.
Just how do you go about finding out what has happened to someone six thousand miles away in a Spanish-speaking country?
At the start the father did not know for definite where his son had disappeared, if he had had a companion or who that companion was, or if he had had a guide.
The significant thing is that the search became a family affair (without divorce!), but then other people became involved – some complete strangers very generous and helpful, a genuine crook, and two largely incompetent detective agencies.
After 9 months, it was resolved, free of any ransom demand, probably by direct contact with the guerrilla group, FARC, itself.
When the two adventurers were released, the parents, Brian and Anne Winder, heard of ransom demands of $2.000,000 each which never reached them, and many situations where the two adventurers could easily have died, and their fate never be known.