Louie Zamperini's plane crashed in the ocean. He had to pull out the life raft and him and his friends had to save themselves. They try to move the boat around the water to find land but they don't find anything.
They searched day and night. This search lasted 47 days.
Then one day they spotted a pane in the air. They thought they were going to finally be saved! But it was a Japanese bomber....
The Japanese bomber decided to capture Louie and his mates and take them back to concentration camps.
At this camp Louie was forced to do lots of work and he was tortured especially by the lead guy "The Byrd". Louie was beaten and torn apart not only physically but mentally.
Louie returned home when America came to rescue him and the rest of the crew. He only survived because of his determination. He was determined to survive no matter what anyone said or did to him.