Lucy sails across the sea fixing and mending her small rickety raft, hoping to reach Far Away Island, where no one has ever been... and where there may be treasures untold! Her roughshod raft has a hard time on the high seas, and Lucy has to repair it over and over, but along the way she becomes a very capable young sailor. Still, she can't help but compare her small, creaky raft to the shiny boats that the other children sail, and while she tries to insist that she is a Pirate Queen, she often doesn't feel brave at all.
When a gigantic wave sweeps all the boats away, Lucy finds herself alone at sea, with her sail in tatters. It's time for the Little Pirate Queen to put all of her skills to work, first to fix her craft, and then to go rescue all the other children. It turns out that you don't have to be brave all the time — just when it really counts. Sally Anne Garland has crafted a charming story, full of message about about resilience, empowerment and compassion.