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—while speeding down a Mexican highway after a fight with her fiancé —her truck plunges off a cliff.
But Ishmael doesn't die: she is rescued.
When Ishmael awakens, her memories post-accident are of impossible things. She’s sure they must be hallucinations; since she seems to remember watching her own legs turn into a tail.
Testing her theory—while putting off returning to her old life including her 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 he told to ease her grief? Could she really transform into a mermaid at will? Seeking answers to her past, as well as her future, Ishmael begins a trek across land and sea into a life she hasn’t even begun to imagine.
A quest grounded in the powerful reality of “What if?,” Brine is certainly not some little mermaid tale. It is, instead, a fantastical story of longing, love, and the call of the ocean.