Thousands of years beyond tomorrow, in a hostile and dangerous world, an unlikely alliance – between a young fisherman and a shipwreck survivor with secrets – may be the saving of them both… and of what remains of humanity.
The world has become water. Most of the land is swallowed beneath the oceans, and what is left of humanity has migrated to the foothills of the highest peaks on Earth, reduced to sparse island chains and low-lying archipelagos. On what remains of the North American continent, a new civilization has emerged despite the loss of technology and the absence of land; many have been forced to eke out a meager life on the water. A ruthless caste system separates the members of a land-owning aristocracy and a class of refugees whose ancestors fled to higher ground millennia ago.
Some shunned the system entirely and went to sea, turning to thievery, piracy and less savory means of survival. These nomads, roaming among the islands on patchwork ships made from scrap metal and wood, are known as Tiders.
Ben Corley has been alive for twenty years, and they have all been quiet. The island he calls home – one of thousands scattered through the Westerward Main – is a dull backwater near the southern tip of the archipelago, a haven for coastborn usually overlooked by the governing lords of Westerward. The whole of Ben’s life – growing up in a fishing village with his grandfather, his only family – although not of his choosing, has been simple.
Until the morning he stumbles upon the girl on the beach, nearly drowned and wearing Tider clothing, with strange tattoos on her arms and legs… and no memory of how she washed ashore. Or why.
A sweeping adventure tale of two young strangers, thrown together under the most peculiar of circumstances. With tyrannical politicians and mortal enemies in pursuit, they flee to the edges of the known world, searching for an extraordinary secret that could alter the foundations of their society forever. A secret worth dying for. And for some, worth killing for.
The adventure continues…