What are the odds? In early 1864, two ships wrecked on opposite sides of a remote, subantarctic island located south of New Zealand. But the two crews didn't know about each other, thanks to an impassable mountain range, and had vastly different experiences. The Grafton
's five-man crew, through good leadership, teamwork, and sheer force of will, overcame the harsh environment and lack of food and plotted a way home. On the other side of the island, the crew of the Invercauld
descended into anarchy, and after a year and a half, only three men (out of 19) were still alive. Fans of survival stories (or television shows) are sure to enjoy this "swashbuckling maritime history" (Kirkus Reviews
) drawn from journals and other sources.