The main character in the book is Ian Malcolm, a middle-aged mathematician and a little bit of an explorer. The man who set up the exploration, Richard Levine, is a rich and reckless yet well-known adventurer who spends a lot of his time and money exploring different places around the world and helps at a middle school to give students of ideas of careers in science.
Sarah Harding is a zoologist who was hired to possibly deal with some of the animals. Jack Thorne is the man who made all of the special equipment the group is taking with them and he went along to help and show everyone how to and operate most of the vehicles.
The book is about how Richard Levine tries to and does find the InGen corporation’s second dinosaur island which he had been searching for and trying to locate for years. The second island is only a few hundred miles away from the original, and they both were abandoned when a freak and tragic incident left nearly everyone on both islands dead. Not many people who knew about the second island survived so it took him a long time to find one of the old employees of InGen and get him to tell him about and the location of the island.
With his information Levine made a team of five people takes to the island himself, Ian Malcolm Sarah Harding, Jack Thorne, and Eddie Carr, the top employee of Thorne. They were going to leave in two weeks when Thorne finds out that Levine has left for the island early wanting to be the first one to “officially” find it. He and the small crew of people he took with him were attacked and all but Levine were killed. He would be found later. The team left for the island soon after to try and find him.
Unknown to anyone, two of Levine’s students at the middle school where he helps, sneaked into the cargo of the plane and went to the island with them. His two-star pupils, Kelly and Arby really wanted to go when he told them that he was going on an exploration in the Caribbean to an unknown island. Almost as soon as they got to the island Kelly and Arby were found and everyone realized that they shouldn’t but were going to have to stay the whole expedition. At the time they didn’t mind. They later set up base and took the Explorer they brought to look around.
They followed an old jeep trail past a Tyrannosaurus Rex nest and saw its two owners which they very carefully avoided. After they left the nest they found Levine who had been living in trees trying to avoid the wild beasts who wanted to devour him. Afterward, they returned to the trailer to treat his injuries and later that evening returned to the T-Rex nest to examine it. The parents were gone and the babies and eggs were there alone. Levine went to the nest and looked at the toddlers. They had little bodies with oversized heads but weren’t very shy.
One got too close to Levine and he accidentally stepped on its foot. It landed whimpering in pain loudly and he then heard the loud mom and dad coming. He grabbed the child, held its mouth shut, got in the car, and headed for the trailer quickly. Malcolm sedated the baby and with the help of Sarah made a special cast for its leg out of some of the medical supplies but after the baby awoke it wasn’t happy. It screeched loudly for a short while and the parents promptly arrived.
They almost destroyed the trailer but got their child back. The group later found an abandoned building left from when the dinosaurs were actually controlled and were forced to stay there. In it was a computer. Arby the whiz on this found the old system running program. Now he had access to the few working cameras left on the island and also to some detailed maps. They had two dangerous nights there following this but on the fourth night, they found a way out of this death trap.
After hours of studying the maps, and thinking they found it. A small building about the size of a two-car garage was sitting by the river leading to the ocean. They determined that it was a boathouse. Before they got a chance to celebrate and try to make their way towards it one of the already familiar groups of raptors showed up. They were poking around their truck until they tried to enter the building when they saw Thorne. He was trying to lock the door without being detected but he wasn’t Ian and Sarah helped hold it.
Arby and Sarah were looking for some sort of hidden or previously undetected way out. They found it. It was a trap door under the computer desk which led to a maintenance tunnel. It was cramped but they were out. They waited until the raptors left until they took the now beat up, and low on gas explorer to the boathouse.
Inside the rusty old shack was their savior. It was an old but functional boat that they could take to the closest island of Puerto Cortes`. Practically the only good to come of this was that Levine got what he wanted. Arby and he set up a connection from the computer in the building, which had access to all the files and cameras on the island, to Levine’s laptop. He could watch and record all the footage he wanted until all the cameras went out.