It was April 1882 when two boys aboard the steamship Pliny pretend to be pirates getting ready to board the ship and steal its treasure. But their shipboard games turn a bit scary once they fall asleep, and something bad does happen to the ship. When their ship, bound from South America to New York City flounders unexpectedly due to bad weather, members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service save the lives of the passengers and crew. At first, the boys think they're being attacked by pirates, but this early version of the U. S. Coast Guard uses a breeches buoy to haul everyone safely to shore. While the story itself is interesting enough since it shows how so many different folks came together to provide comfort to the survivors, it's hard to feel as though I knew any of the participants. I would have liked to have known more about the voyage and where the families were heading. The illustrations are filled with blues and whites so that readers feel as they too are being carried over the waves to safety.