Georgia, Dean, Valerie, Cindy and Debbie Ananias are a tight-knit American family from Los Angeles. They’ve always loved taking cruise vacations together and have seen much of the world on these cherished family trips. The book is told through each of these authors’ eyes to give the reader a 360 degree experience of this idyllic vacation turned harrowing nightmare. Their raw emotions come through on every page, and readers will truly feel as though they are enduring this disaster alongside them. The Ananiases are the family next door; they’re humble, kind, normal people you encounter every day. But readers will be deeply moved by their innate, heroic reactions when put to the ultimate test of survival. They beautifully retell every detail of how they got out together, and how they ultimately saved the lives of many other victims along the way. Georgia, Dean, Valerie and Cindy were the final passengers to disembark the Costa Concordia while Debbie was anxiously awaiting the news of her family's fate. They are the first to put to paper the truth about this catastrophe at sea.