Synopses & Reviews
An international bestseller. A remarkable true story of one woman's courage.
In 1993, Judith and Michael Sleavin and their two children set out to sail around the world. Three years into their incredible journey, a nearby freighter altered its course by a mere ten degrees-and everything changed...
After forty-four hours in the icy water clinging to an overturned dinghy, her back broken and paralyzed below the waist, Judith miraculously survived, winding up in a small community on the New Zealand coast. Gripping, unbelievable yet true, Judith's story of courage, survival, and retribution is alternately heartrending and uplifting. It's also a story of unbreakable bonds, of shattering loss, and of one woman reborn through the strength of friendship and the profound love of strangers who became family.
In 1993, Judith and Michael Sleavin and their two children set out to sail around the world. But one night, a freighter off the coast of New Zealand alters its course and changes everything. This unbelievable yet true story tells of one family's love and loss.
About the Author
Hester Rumberg is an experienced ocean sailor, with thousands of nautical miles under her belt. After the tragedy of the Melinda Lee, together with Judith Sleavin, she established The Sleavin Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting maritime safety around the world. She was, and will always be, the godmother of Judith Sleavin's daughter, Annie Rose.