Rafe doesn’t believe his best friend when Ben swears he saw a mermaid in the water. He needs to see her for himself.
Rafe is convinced Ben imagined it all when he finally sees her. Caught in the fantasy, they risk losing their jobs and their sanity to spend every moment at sea trying to befriend her. But Rafe needs more. Fear that some other fisherman could stumble upon the secret, Rafe becomes determined to capture her. He realizes he will stop at nothing to possess the beautiful creature. He needs only to convince Ben to help him.
Rafe commits the utmost betrayal to keep his mermaid confined in their secret prison. He risks his life to hold her captive to his lust, but this provocative goddess of the sea has a few sins of her own.
After losing her parents and surviving The Reckoning, a catastrophic earthquake that nearly destroyed most of North America, young Thecla survived on her own in the remains of the destruction, known as The Wastelands, against all odds. Seven years later, now a fiercely, self-trained warrior and hunter-gatherer, Thecla is suddenly introduced into a new order of civilization known as Carpathia, a pious community where the prominent Bishop Kato governs. Thecla quickly discovers that her survival skills and instincts that kept her alive in the brutal, wild, and untamed Wastelands is no match for her new life in Carpathia.