This dramatic, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story is based on the experiences of the author's grandfather who, in 1868, along with four other young boys from the Scottish town of Greenock, stowed away on a cargo ship bound for Quebec, anticipating a great adventure.
Instead the boys received brutal treatment at the hands of the ship's captain and mate in the course of their nightmare transatlantic voyage. Worse was to come when they were put ashore on the ice off the Newfoundland coast and left to fend for themselves...
Their story became something of a cause celebre at the time and was featured in local and national newspapers.
A gritty real-life tale of endurance and survival suitable for readers of all ages.