But a violent storm suddenly arises and the overloaded and top-heavy steamship begins to sink. Christina finds herself on a lifeboat with a group of bedraggled and terrified passengers and crew—including a brooding young man named Daniel. The water is cold, and help is not coming. All around them people are dying. Christina soon realizes that the usual rules no longer apply. Despite their differences, she and Daniel must work together if they are to survive.
Big Water is inspired by the true story of one of the worst shipwrecks in the history of the Great Lakes. Set in the fall of 1882, it's a tale of survival, loss and love. Part adventure, part love story, it's a story about dealing with grief, charting your own course and figuring out what you're capable of.