Setting off with friends for a day of fishing and relaxation in February 2009, Nick Schuyler had no idea that his life would be forever changed by the trip. He joined NFL player Marquis Cooper on his 25 ft. boat, along with his best friend Will Bleakley and another NFL player Corey Smith–all four were healthy young men looking forward to spending time together. As a storm begins to approach, they gather their gear to return to Tampa, 75 miles away. Their anchor is stuck and in their inexperience, they capsize the boat, beginning their desperate attempts to survive. The men face hypothermia, hallucinations, dehydration, cold water and huge waves. Their lack of emergency preparations–no emergency beacons or provisions, inaccessible life jackets, etc. contribute to their precarious situation. The men work together in their battle to survive, clinging to the overturned hull of the boat, encouraging each other and pulling each other from the water as the waves wash them off the hull. In this first person account, Schuyler relays the helplessness, horror, emotions and courage shown by all of the men. Not Without Hope is a gripping and inspiring story of survival, a story that is hard to put down and one not easily forgotten. Schuyler takes his title from a Persian proverb “In the hour of adversity, be not without hope”.