The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man††in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local††newspaper from a teacher looking for serious††pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned††office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling††delicately on a slender branch. "You are the††teacher?" he asks incredulously. "I am††the teacher," the gorilla replies. Ishmael is††a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story††to tell, one that no other human being has ever††heard. It is a story that extends backward and††forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth††of time to a future there is still time save.††Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the††lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to††come from within ourselves. Is it man's destiny††to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny††possible for him-- one more wonderful than he has ever††imagined?