In this gritty and realistic wilderness adventure, 13-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane. Cort's father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly storm makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put all of his skills and bravery to the test. One catastrophe seems to lead to another, leaving Cort and two neighbor girls to face the storm as best they can. Amid miles of storm-thrashed wetlands filled with dangerous and desperate wild animals, it's up to Cort to win — or lose — the fight for their lives.