The Admirable Crichton
When a British aristocrat (Lord Loam), his family, and the butler (Crichton) are stranded on a deserted island, Crichton is the only one of the party with any basic survival knowledge. In the party's newfound predicament, the lowly Chrichton assumes the position of leader. At first, the others -- higher class as they are -- refuse to accept this state of affairs, but they are finally driven to acquiescence by the reality of their situation. Crichton sets himself up in his new position with the trappings and privileges of power, just as his master, Loam, had done back in Britain. When the party is eventually rescued, however, Crichton voluntarily returns to the status of butler.
Includes adult, late teen, young adult, mature adult, elderly characters