The Eyes of the Rainbow
And now, yet again, needs drove him to shrug off the thin veneer of civilization and brave the preils of the forest. Lady Jane Greystoke, she who he had won by the might of his steel thews, was in danger.
Held captive by Usanga, chief of the Wamabo, she was to be fed to the devouring maw of Sheeta the Panther and the rapacious talons of Ska the Vulture, if Tarzan failed to retrieve the seven gemstones which had been stolen from the tribal shrine. These stones, believed by the Wamabo to be the Eyes of the Rainbow, were of differing iridescent hues, one for each colour of the spectrum. In his rage at their loss, Usanga had given Tarzan but three days in which to find them, or Jane would be sacrificed at sunset on the third day.
As he swung through the tangled forest, Tarzan had spoken with Manu, the monkey, as the grey-bearded creature had recounted how others of his kind has mischievously taken the precious stones, and scattered them far and wide amongst the shadows of the dank jungles.
Tarzan knew that he must travel without stint hunting the jewels in the heat of Kudu the sun, and by the light of Goro the moon. His quest would take him to the dark caves of the rocky steppes, wherein dwelt bloated spiders and unearthly flames, and to the lichen-covered walls of the Temple of the Sun. He would traverse the swampy morasses and the treacherous quicksand, and find Numa the lion and Histah the snake. He must beware the poisoned spears of the Kurotawi, and the rifles of white hunters.
However keen his senses, however mighty his muscles, he was still mortal. Though he might find numerous artifacts to help him, though he might call upon the friendly monkeys to help him, he was still limited by inexorable time. He knew he possessed sufficient strength and cunning to battle against Death and win, but the hazards of the jungle, the bite of Histah the snake and the clinging embrace of quicksand, all would conspire to hinder and delay.
Time was his greatest enemy. Before Kudu sunk in the west on that third fateful day, Trazan must return the Eyes of the Rainbow to Usanga and discover the forest prison that held his beloved Jane.
His eyes narrowed, his muscles tensed, and from his mighty chest arose the savage tormented cry of the bull ape...
The child became a man - and Lord of his jungle domain.