Marty and Grace O'Hara's globe-trotting parents disappeared while on assignment for a nature magazine, and now they're living with their Uncle Wolfe, a scientist fascinated by cryptids - creatures that appear in myths but haven't been proven to exist, such as the Loch Ness Monster.
Wolfe is planning an expedition to New Zealand to track a giant squid, and he's rented a huge (and possibly haunted) freighter for the trip. But someone on board is determined to sabotage their mission - and if Marty and Grace keeping poking their noses into things, they might end up the saboteur's next victims!
Roland Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, where he began his career as a zookeeper. He has been involved in animal rescues and conservation work around the world for more than twenty years.
He has written several novels for young readers, drawing on his zoo experiences, including Jungle Hunters and Tentacles. Storm Runners is his latest book.
Roland lives with his wife, Marie, on a farm south of Portland, and he enjoys writing and travelling.