The main character, Pi, finds himself adrift at sea on a twenty-six foot lifeboat with a 450 pound Bengal tiger as a companion. Pi ended up in this plight when his father, a zookeeper, went broke and loaded the family on a Japanese ship headed to Canada. The ship sank, leaving Pi and the tiger alone on the ocean. While on the lifeboat, Pi begins to analyze his fears, both of the sea and the tiger.
Pi realizes that fear cannot be reasoned with. Logic doesn't talk fear off the ledge or onto the airplane. So what does? How can one avoid that towel-in-the ring surrender to the enemy? Pi gives this counsel:
"You must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself up to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you"
As expressed in the book "Fearless" by Max Lucado