(As yet unpublished)
“Sometimes we have to go a long way to find out who we are.”
The year is 1912, and doctors in India are unable to cure Ruth’s baby brother. Now, Ruth must leave the only home she has known, plus her best friend Sajni, and any future opportunity of playing violin for the Calcutta Orchestra. Ruth blames her brother, her mother, and especially Papa, who must stay behind at the mission’s orphanage, even though he tries to make amends with tickets to America on a new luxury liner, the Titanic.
Ruth endures the hot train trip across India for the first leg of her journey, then the Arabian Sea aboard the rocky ship, City of Benares, loaded with Brits on holiday. Before she gets her sea legs, she meets Michael, a young circus acrobat and magnet for trouble. As she visits European ports-of-call, Ruth longs for home, clinging to the precious, star-covered quilt made by Sajni and watching the stars as she and Papa did in India. Finally, aboard the Titanic, she meets Ann, a young Irish immigrant bound for America, who opens Ruth’s eyes to what family and courage truly mean.
Based on the true story of Titanic survivor Ruth Becker, this fictionalized account offers a young person’s perspective on the well-known disaster. Readers experience Ruth’s emotional journey of leaving India and her dreams behind, and the unexpected challenges and friendships made during a long, difficult trip across the world with a demanding mother and two younger siblings. Then, everything culminates aboard the Titanic, during the one fateful night Ruth will never forget.