The shipwreck that saved America. The year is 1609. Salt is a scruffy, white alley cat looking for a new life. When he hears that the Sea Venture is sailing to the New World, he knows this is his chance. Life on the Sea Venture is full of fun and excitement, even though Salt has to deal with the aristocratic Angoras, the exclusive Feline Guild, and the territorial ship’s cats. But then a huge tempest threatens to sink the ship. The passengers labor for days to keep the ship afloat and Salt expects the ship to sink at any moment. Luckily they wreck off the island of Bermuda.
The island holds many new adventures, but Salt is determined to get to the New World, so when the humans build two more boats, he joins them. They make it to Jamestown, but find a horror there that none of them expected.
Eventually the story of the shipwreck reaches England and inspires William Shakespeare to write his play, the Tempest.
Salt and the Sea Venture is a middle grade, historical fiction novel, suitable for children 8-12.