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On September 8th 1900 a massive hurricane slammed into Galveston and destroyed it. The people of Galveston were completely unprepared, a storm of this magnitude had never been thought possible anywhere and especially not Galveston which was presumed to be uniquely protected from the most severe storms. In fact the absolute opposite was true. The book has twin themes, the storm itself and its devastating consequences, and the story of Isaac Cline, the Weather Bureau's chief in Galveston who prided himself on how well he knew his weather and probably wasn't quite so much of a hero during t