Scoot, a fourteen year old girl, and her older brother Sully are sailing off the coast of Baja California as a present for her birthday. She had been sailing for her whole life with her brother and family. They had a great boat, The Old Sea Dog, and it was a beautiful day. "The Sea God had every blessing, including a barbecue pit, she marveled." 43-44
When Scoot was in the gallery making sandwiches, Sully noticed some seagulls diving in front of the boat. He was too distracted to notice the silent wave creeping up on the boat. It was a rouge wave, forty feet high. He didn't have time to warn Scoot, he could barely register it himself before it hit. "But a split second before it lifted the boat like a carpenter's chip, he sensed something behind him." 72-73
The boat got flipped in the wave. Scoot is trapped inside, and Sully's pounding on the hull of the ship to get a message to scoot. She replied, which let Sully know she was alive. Then she found a loose window. "Sully could only hear the pounding. 'Get me out of here...'" 240
When Scoot found a window, she started pounding on it, and little by little it opened. She had to go up for air a few times, but when was done, she managed to slip out of the boat. "Almost out of breath,she quickly pushed her body through and The old sea dog released her." 369-370
Scoot and Sully reunite as the sea dog sinks lower and lower. "Shivering, holding each other all night for warmth, they rode and rocked, knowing that the sea dog was getting lower with each passing hour."
A fishing boat, the red rooster, found them and rescued them. "The red rooster's captain, Mark Stevens, asked, 'What happened?'"