Great Lakes historian James L. Donahue gives readers a glimpse of the forgotten world of tall ships and the men and women who sailed them. Schooners In Peril is a vivid collection of short stories and pictures of an era long past; a time when sailors used their skills to harness the wind and travel the fresh water sea. The stories do not paint a rosy picture. They are about shipwreck, death and a few miraculous escapes. Robert Kirk, former magazine editor for the Traverse City Record-Eagle, wrote: "The best time to hunker down and read Jim Donahue's stories is at night when the sky is ink, the wind is howling off Lake Michigan and towering waves relentlessly pound the shore. That's when Donahue's stories come alive. That's when he's at his best."