Markle's stories, based on interviews with the survivors, provide little known facts about each personal experience and are exciting without the sentimental overtones sometimes common in animal stories.
The book begins with the 9/11 story of Roselle, a guide dog who led her master down 77 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center. Other animal stories demonstrate how a cat, monkey, gorilla, dolphins, and even a cow can be a hero in various situations. Background information about the animals and material in science, geography and technology related to each rescue story is provided.
The stories are illustrated with archived photographs and include a follow-note about each animal hero. A glossary, source notes, selected bibliography and websites complete the book.