Set in 1940, Little Ships and is about a family with a mother, a father and four children who are in their late teens and early twenties. The children have lived by, in and on the sea all their lives. The father had a French mother. He joins the French army to continue his fight against fascism. He is trapped in Lille with the French 1st Army by the German advance on Dunkerque. The children, his 'little ships', set out to rescue him. Little Ships is about this journey. It has a happy ending, with an unexpected final twist.