April 1943. On the Pacific island of Tulagi, a paradise of humidity, bugs and Japanese naval superiority, a young lieutenant arrives. He’s fresh out of Boat School, and although his father’s a big cheese in American politics, the rest of the crew just know him as Lieutenant Jack Kennedy.
A lifetime of privilege has been cut short by war. And while he could easily have invalided out, or used his connections to avoid the conflict, young John F. Kennedy is soon promoted to captain of PT-109, a flimsy little boat out-gunned by anything the enemy cares to send its way. Kennedy quickly finds himself faced with responsibility, life-and-death decisions and the chance to show true leadership—to earn the respect he’s always taken for granted.
This is a work of fiction, but is based on historical fact. It’s the story of how one man, faced with incredible danger, first showed what he was capable of.