Set against the backdrop of the London Blitz, a riveting account of bravery and the power of the human spirit, in the tradition of Ghost Soldiers.

On September 17, 1940, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the passenger ship S.S. City of Benares, killing 256 of the 406 people on board. Years later, the deed that “struck the world” would figure at the Nuremburg war crimes tribunal; on that first morning, however, the astonishing story was of life boat number 12. Its 46 passengers, including six youngsters, remained at sea for eight days, enduring harsh elements and a severe food shortage. The author’s uncle was a survivor who offered a first-hand account of the tragedy.


For his career in television journalism Tom Nagorski was awarded six Emmys, an Overseas Press Club Award and a Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage. He has also been awarded a Luce Scholarship by the Henry Luce Foundation. A former foreign editor and ultimately senior broadcast producer for ABC’s World News Tonight, he also served as an ABC news correspondent in Berlin and Moscow. He is currently the executive vice president of the Asia Society in New York City.