An escape from war-torn Great Britain becomes a struggle for survival in this richly detailed historical fiction account of a little-known event in World War II.  Hoping to save many of its children from the encroaching terror of the Germans, the Children’s Overseas Reception Board (CORB) sets out to transport 20,000 children from England to countries across the ocean where they will be safe.  Chosen as one of the lucky ones from 200,000 applicants, thirteen year-old Kenneth Sparks is one of the children who will travel on the luxury liner, the City of Benares, to Canada where he will live with an aunt. Distracted by the delicious and abundant food, new toys, and soft beds of the boat, the young travelers seem unaware of the ever-present threat of torpedo-equipped German submarines combing the Atlantic.  Three days into the voyage, the ship is torpedoed, sending the crew and passengers into lifeboats and the sea. Kenneth, five other boys from the program and forty adults make it aboard Lifeboat 12, one of the only ones still afloat after an evening of gale force winds. With very little food and water, they have only a razor thin chance of survival. Told in verse and based on extensive research, this is a captivating re-telling of an often-overlooked event in history.