A compulsive thriller as told through a close and believable narrator names Shy. He just got his dream job: working on a luxury cruise line. He'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. Plus, there'll be lots of bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two . . . every cruise has a fresh crop of passengers, after all. But then, an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California and Shy's life quickly becomes a nightmare as giant waves cause the cruise ship to begin to sink. Twenty-four hours and a catastrophic chain of events later, Shy is lost at sea, fighting to survive.