Tad was secluded on a desert isle after wrecking his ship. He found a genie lamp hidden in the sand, and as he rubbed it, a genie did in fact come out! He thought he could wish his way off the island, but no can do. First of all the genie only grants one wish. Second, the genie is stuck on the island and cannot let others leave that find him!
Maybe if he kept staring at the mirror, something would happen. Something would fix all of this. He would wake up, or Amber would walk through the door and he would be back in his body and they could run off together like he always promised they would.