A fantastical story of longing, love, and the call of the ocean, grounded in the powerful reality of “What if?”
Ishmael Morgan was six years old when her mother—a long-distance
swimmer—disappeared into the ocean. To comfort her, Ishmael’s father told her that her mother didn’t die but simply swam off into the sunset as a mermaid.
Ishmael hadn’t thought much of that tender lie until early one morning when her truck plunged off a cliff.
When Ishmael awakens, her memories are of impossible things. She’s sure they must be hallucinations; she seems to remember watching her own legs turn into a tail.
Testing her theory—while putting off returning to her old life, including a cancelled wedding—Ishmael dives into the mystery of her new life—both literally and figuratively.
What if her father’s stories about her mother weren’t just stories? Could she really transform into a mermaid at will? Seeking answers, Ishmael begins a trek across land and sea into a life she hasn’t even begun to imagine.