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The Story Behind This Book
Sons and Daughters of the Ocean follows the lives of three young teens growing up on the working waterfront of a small Maine coastal village, Brooks Harbor. A close proximity to the sea defines the community and shapes the lives of its people. The community is filled with merchant mariners, shipbuilders and crew. Those that don't earn their keep directly off the sea-faring life either profit or benefit from it.
The story is based in the 1870's and takes readers back to the age of sail, where fortunes were made and lives were shaped by the fickle winds that raged across the oceans.
Albert Miller, Sammy Jones and Sarah Dyer are all products of that environment. Their families have rich maritime histories and all three characters are about to embark on a distinctive course in their lives that will change them forever.
Mills is an Owls Head resident and both his parents were born and raised in Rockland. His grandfather was a former assistant lighthouse keeper at the Rockland Breakwater. His ancestors were shipbuilders, merchant mariners and lighthouse keepers.
Sons and Daughters of the Ocean is based loosely on that heritage. Two of his ancestors, poetess Celia Thaxter and maritime author George S. Wasson, were integral parts of Maine's early literary heritage.