Eleven-year-old Nicholas Young is about to embark on the journey of his life. In August 1768, he sneaks on board the H.M.S. Endeavour , piloted by famous explorer Captain James Cook, only to find that the ship is destined for an exciting adventure around the world. Discovered by the crew, Nick proves himself to be an able seaman and wins the admiration of the men on board, including the esteemed Captain Cook. His travels take him from London to such exotic locales as South America, New Zealand, and Africa, where he witnesses amazing discoveries and faces serious challenges. In Stowaway , Newbery Award-winning author Karen Hesse chronicles the adventures of an actual boy who soon discovers that his ship has set sail to make history.