This book is three intertwined stories in one. Nicholas Obermeyer sees that a hurricane deemed a cat one is really intensifying rapidly and warns the residents of southeast Georgia. A colleague Sherrie Willis stands with him in the face of outrage by his boss.
The Grant family is vacationing on St. Simon's island. Trish thinks they should leave in view of the hurricane approaching, but Alan says they have plenty of time to make it to safety. However, they did not know that their daughter Sandy snuck out to see a boy and now they have to search for her. This puts them in jeopardy because they are unable to leave the island before the hurricane hits.
A team of hurricane hunters led by Arlen Walker do not know just how bad the storm is until they fly into it. It's so intense that they loose part of one wing and damage two of their four engines. They think there is no way they are going to come out alive, but Nick Obermeyer has an idea and it's conveyed to the pilot.
Not really a mystery per se, but a page turner none the less. This was very interesting to me because St. Simon's island is not that far from where I live. Written by a retired meteorologist who worked for The Weather Channel, his expertise shows through the whole book. I really enjoyed this book.