Young sea otter Kah-Lan is hungry. He is sure there are big crabs near the point, but his mother won’t let him out of her sight. One day he sees his chance. Soon he and his friend Yamka are swimming around the point—right into danger! Will they ever make it back home?
Second Watch is based on true details of Finnish immigrant culture and the sinking of the great Empress of Ireland. Over the eight years that this Canadian Pacific steamship sailed the Atlantic Ocean, it transported more than 117,000 passengers to Canada. The sinking of the Empress on May 29, 1914, remains Canada’s worst maritime disaster during peacetime. Of 1,477 passengers and crew on board, 1,012 were lost – more passengers than in the sinking of the Titanic. Yet the Empress of Ireland and its fate remain little known to most Canadians
In this sequel to Second Watch, twelve-year-old Saara Mäki continues her passage—not across the Atlantic, but through the shoals and storms of growing up. Her story is Canada’s story, as both take up the responsibilities handed to them by circumstance and history.