The prequel to Unsinkable , this gripping novella tells the story of two sisters who become mortal enemies in their struggle for love and independence—until they are the only black family on the Titanic . Corinne’s big sister, Astrid, has always looked out for her, even if their parents have always favored Corinne. Besides, Astrid has a secret. She confides to her younger sister her plans to leave the tiny town of Cherbourg, France, to become the first colored fashion designer in New York City. The opportunity to do just that—and finally be on her own, free from the family’s strict rules—arises when their father loses his modest job, and Astrid is commanded to leave school in order to assist the family financially. Trying to help, Corinne reveals Astrid’s secret but only makes the situation worse. Astrid feels betrayed by her younger sister and promises revenge. She seizes the perfect opportunity with Corinne’s blossoming friendship with a boy from class—causing the sisters to vow to hate one another until the day they die. That day may come sooner than they think. On April 10, 1912, the family boards the beautiful Titanic on a voyage that will change their lives forever.