A rescue pilot with some 300 missions under his belt, David Courtney has seen tragedy and triumph up close. Nine Lives is an account of being a rescue pilot: from learning to fly to the thrills and terrors of dangerous night rescues. Courtney explains how the entire rescue crew works. He also contrasts the dramatic with the mundane, delving into ordinary day-to-day family life -- from the birth of his children to the death of his father -- showing how the mundane can empower each of us to confront the dramatic. Blunt and open about fear, danger, disappointment, elation, and happiness, the book tells the story of his journey through adulthood and the appreciation of the here and now that rescue brings.