Ramón Salazar is sixteen and learning from his father how to conduct their business selling pearls. However, Ramón dreams of diving into the waters himself to obtain the largest pearl ever seen by mankind. He seizes the opportunity to do so in a lagoon and discovers the Pearl of Heaven, a great black pearl that is owned by the Manta Diablo. The Manta Diablo seeks to take back his possession and wreak havoc on Ramón's family. Ramón finds himself in a dangerous position in which he must decide what would be safe and what is morally right.
"The Black Pearl" is a very simple book. Of course, this is Scott O'Dell, so I did not expect anything beyond that. Still, it is very fun, powerful, and interesting in content, development, and conflict, especially concerning Ramón's inner struggle. I do not know if I would have enjoyed O'Dell's novel were I for the age group he actually intended, but I definitely loved this quick read and would encourage anybody who has enjoyed his works to pick it up.