Tarzan is about 34 and his son, Jack, around 11. Alexis Paulvitch, an old enemy, re-appears, and takes an ape to London and begins displaying him publicly. When the Claytons hear about the displayed ape, John decides to take Jack to see him. Tarzan is surprised to find the ape is his old friend, Akut, and begins conversing with him. Jack is amazed to see that. John then tells Jack of his life as Tarzan.
Jack starts sneaking away to see Akut and begins learning the language of the apes. Jack plans to take Akut back to the jungle. Paulvitch sees this as an opportunity for revenge, and agrees to help Jack. They escape to an African port where Paulvitch attacks Jack. Jack (probably now 12), like his father, was man-sized as a teen. Paulvitch is killed, and Jack, terrified, escapes into the jungle with Akut, thinking he will have to run for the rest of his life...
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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