Felicity Arhnaq is making a splash. Living in her ancestral home of Otter Bite, Alaska, this golden-haired beauty has been seen frolicking in Kachemak Bay, her dolphin-like tail glistening as she dives below the surface. Tourists are swarming to this bend in the bay, hoping for a glimpse of the Otter Bite Mermaid–last seen 200 years ago. Is Felicity capitalizing on the legend of Sedna to entice believers into her curio shop, FLuke Eleven-Nine? Or has Sedna returned to once again save her village from those who threaten it?
Oil executive and Scottish transplant, Ian MacIntyre is heir-apparent to his grandfather’s company, Knox Oil & Gas–unless Ian’s cousin, Donna, can find a way to discredit him and claim the top spot for herself. But Ian’s only vulnerability, it seems, is his 10-year-old daughter, Emily, whom he fiercely protects. Donna would never dream of hurting Emily, but she’s found another route to the executive suite–through Otter Bite and Kachemak Bay.
Of Alutiiq and Russian descent, Felicity was only Emily’s age when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. But she remembers too well the devastating effects of oil on the wildlife, especially her beloved sea otters. Kachemak Bay is a state-designated critical habitat area and off-limits to offshore oil drilling. But Felicity knows too well that anything “designated” can be “un-designated.” When Ian and Emily show up at her beach cottage claiming to be her summer renters, something smells fishy. Is Ian really a vacationing tourist? Or is he scouting for the next drilling site where it otter not be?
Emily MacIntyre is old beyond her years. Absent a mother since she was a baby, she later lost what little childhood she had during her dad’s battle with cancer. But Felicity is the answer to Emily’s prayers for a second chance. Carefree and loving, with sunny hair, an angel’s face, and fingernails painted rainbow colors, Felicity is happiness incarnate, right down to her name. However, getting her dad to embrace a different reality, let alone Felicity, may prove the biggest challenge of Emily’s young life.