Nathan Williams and his grandfather live on Pea Island, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, in 1895. Nathan is fascinated by the “surfmen,” the African American rescue crew at the United States Life-Saving Station. Nathan dreams of joining them and spends all of his free time observing the surfmen and studying their books. Over the course of the novel, Nathan experiences the harsh injustice of racism, participates in a daring rescue, and begins to learn that there may be a better life for him beyond the island. Although written for a younger audience, this novel gives a wealth of detail about the surfmen based on research on the real-life rescue crew.
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