An absorbing, breakneck debut YA novel set on the high seas. On a field trip to see famed privateer Francisco Ventana's once-sunken ship, the "Defiant, " six kids from San Francisco's Greenly Schoola last-chance refuge for orphans, troublemakers, and misfitsfind themselves stranded at the center of a storm unlike any other. By the time the clouds have cleared, and the strange pink flashes have faded from the sky, the "Defiant" is out on the open sea, San Francisco ablaze behind it. What follows is an adventure that will change the classmates' lives forevera journey across a dangerous ocean in search of a new home, with only their instincts and each other to rely on. Can they master the ship? Can they work together, and defend themselves against the unexpected adversaries they encounter on the way? Will they ever find land? You ll have to join their voyage to find out. A remarkable debut in the tradition of "Gulliver's Travels" and "Lord of the Flies, " "The Defiant" creates a world that's all its ownthrilling and wholly original, filled with strange energies and superstitious survivors, and dozens of moments you won t soon forget.