Pi's family runs a zoo in India but flee to Canada (with the animals) because of the unstable political situation. Early in the voyage the ships sinks and all that is left is a life boat containing a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, a Bengal tiger and a boy. "Jesus, Mary, Muhammad and Vishnu, how good to see you Richard Parker!" Pi Patel cries. The task that has been brought upon
him won't be solved by the three religions Pi has become apart of. He slowly begins to realize that his faith and loyalty may not save him. With his family missing and no hope of seeing them again he falls into a depression. Now his fate will be decided by the sea and his will to survive.
In order to survive Pi must defeat the last member of his ill fated crew: Richard Parker. Everything he has learned as a zookeeper's son could not prepare him for his this. It may seem like becoming dominant over a 450 pound. male tiger would be his greatest task but it isn't. In order to do this he must defeat his own fear if he wants to survive. Pi asks the Gods for the courage to save his own life and the life of Richard Parker. Pi is surprisingly compassionate towards Richard Parker: He feeds the tiger on a regular basis and talks to him. As he tames the tiger he builds a close relationship with Richard...