Corban Addison Good question! The short answer is yes and no. Tears was inspired by the capture of the SV Quest in 2011 and the hostage crisis and tragedy that resulted from it. There are similarities between the storylines, since Somali piracy has a similar look and feel regardless of the incident. But Tears is as much about the soul of Somalia and the Somali people as it is about piracy. It delves deeply into the life, family, and motivations of the lead pirate, Ismail, and the consequences of his actions for everyone involved, from the hostages aboard the sailboat, to their families at home, to the FBI negotiator responding to the incident, to the lawyer who represents Ismail in a federal trial back in the United States, to Ismail's sister, who was forced to marry a commander of the terrorist group, al-Shabaab, in Somalia, and who has been waiting years for Ismail to rescue her. It's a story with a lot of different dimensions--love, family, vengeance, justice, and cross-cultural understanding.