Tom H. Smith was born in New Westminister in 1926 and has lived in West Vancouver. He is a member of the Order of Canada and the founder of the YMCA's international Flying Sharks swim program, for which he has written three books. He is a retired teacher and counsellor whose numerous books and stories have been used extensively in Social Studies curriculae. Cry to the Night Wind, set in 1779, is his juvenile novel about an 11-year-old who sails with his father, captain of the H.M.S. Langley, to continue the charting of the coast begun by Captain George Vancouver. Captured by an unnamed tribe, he flees with a Nootka slave girl back to his father. Smith's non-fiction includes Powerfit (written with Doug Clement).