In the late summer of 2003 we moved to the Annapolis area and that fall were hit with Hurricane Isabel. While my family came through relatively unscathed, many others were not as fortunate. Two things struck me, firstly the resolve of people, working together, quickly resolving the crisis. The other was the plight of a small sailboat near us, which seemed lost and forgotten but survived the storm and was rescued. This was the genesis of my idea for a children's book which shows that even in rough times there is always a "star" to help you through tough times. My hope is to have Isabelle the little red sailboat have other adventures in the future.