The world of young Jonathan Taylor is suddenly shattered by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. His normal happy and secure life in New York City is transplanted to the shores of California, thousands of miles away from home. When Jonathan's father dies in the World Trade Center attacks, he is sent to the only person left to care for him- his grandfather, Joe, who lives in San Francisco and is the first mate of a tug boat, the Nellie-B. Trouble does not end for him in his fragile state of vulnerability as an attempt is made to kidnap him and his grandfather must try to rescue him. Jonathan possesses an undaunted spirit that allows him to face the many trials he encounters. In his new surroundings he finds the true meaning of family, courage, and hope. As a result of Jonathan's circumstances, unexpected good comes to his life and the lives of others who meet him.