Diane Stuemer and her husband, Herbert, were once a typical suburban couple entering middle age, with a comfortable home and three boys under 12. A year later they had sold their business, rented out their house and were setting out to circumnavigate the globe in a 40-year-old yacht. Their entire sailing experience consisted of six afternoons on the Ottawa River. Over the next four years, squeezed into quarters no bigger than the Stuemers' old bedroom, the family of five became seasoned mariners. They battled deadly storms at sea and evaded real-life pirates. In all, the Stuemers visited 34 countries and covered 35,000 nautical miles.