On her first voyage as a stewardess aboard the Empress of
Ireland, Ellie is drawn to the solitary fire stoker who stands
by the ship's rail late at night, often writing in a journal.
Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of his name now. After
their wonderful time in Quebec City, that awful night
happened. The screams, the bodies, the frigid waters … she
tries hard to tell herself that he survived, but it's hard to
believe when so many didn't.
So when Wyatt Steele, journalist at The New York
Times asks her for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he
shows her Jim's journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to
read it herself, to find some trace of the man she had fallen
in love with, or perhaps a clue to what happened to him.
There's only one catch: she will have to tell her story to
Steele and he'll "pay" her by giving her the journal, one page
at a time.