Jackson Rhodes, a quiet, self-assured clinical psychologist, agrees to accompany Nat Arrington, a boisterous, womanizing attorney with political aspirations, to Fort Lauderdale to deliver the 40-foot sailing yacht Nat has purchased to Pensacola. An unseasonable cold front produces a powerful squall their second night in the Gulf of Mexico, and Nat is thrown overboard, leaving Jackson to cope with terrifying wind and seas. His survival depends on logic, determination, self-control, and the timely intervention of a beautiful marine biologist. Rescued from physical peril, Jackson finds his ordered world in a different turmoil as he struggles to reconcile newly awakened emotions with strongly held moral and ethical standards.
Cap’n Ron hails from Natchez on the bluffs of the Mississippi River and was a banker for thirty-five years. He was introduced to sailing in his twenties and dreamed of circumnavigating the globe on a sailboat. His wife Jeanne, a native of Steens, Mississippi, was a former English teacher, banker, and freelance writer with several magazine articles and short stories to her credit. In 1997, she and Cap’n Ron cast off the dock lines in Pensacola, Florida, aboard Tewsday, a 38-foot Island Packet sailboat. They cruised on Tewsday and on Vixen, a 52-foot Tayana, for four years in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. They returned to shore in Pensacola in 2001 and now divide their time between twelve grandchildren, thier poodle Max, and writing.