Saturday, September 8

Buford T. Morris, a real-estate agent who lived in Houston but spent weekends in Galveston at his house a few blocks from the wharf happened to look out his bedroom window at first light.

"The sky seemed to be made of mother of pearl; gloriously pink, yet containing a fish-scale effect which reflected all the colors of the rainbow. Never had I seen such a beautiful sky."

Excerpted from ISAAC'S STORM. Copyright © 1999 by Erik Larson.

Copyright © 1999, Random House, Inc.