London, 1831. The young naturalist Charles Darwin, keen to embark on the journey of a lifetime, is soon to take his place on board HMS Beagle. This vessel is destined not only for far‐away lands full of promise, but also for many challenges. During his travels through the steamy tropics, Darwin has many encounters, from Conrad Martens, a painter aboard the ship, to a trio of Indian missionaries. While his discovery of the variety of flora and fauna fill him with awe and perplexity, his brush with slave drivers prompts him to question the moral values of his peers.These are the memoirs of one of the most eminent scientists of the 19th century.