Ben stopped and stood motionless, holding his breath. It didn't help; he couldn't stop shaking. Yet nobody had stared at him. How could they not notice? He was amazed nobody paid him any attention. He continued walking slowly along the water end of State Street and veered toward the left wharf just as the owner of his rooming house told him...Ben shuffled along the uneven cobblestones, taking deep breaths. He could see the three-master just up ahead. When Ben departs Boston in 1859 for his first experience as a first mate, he has little idea what is in store for him. Their voyage is soon disgraced and overwhelmed by piracy and murder. In the midst of chaos and conflict, Ben clings to the code of principles and beliefs taught to him by the captain. Will the Isaac Rules-those lessons of command and self-reliance-along with a moving discovery of faith give the young man the will and the way to earn his survival despite desperate circumstances?
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