Isaac Chavira abandons his unborn son and his wife believing she betrayed him with another man. Now he seeks contracts for his construction company ever farther out on the frontier. At last he gets a contract to build a meat processing plant on the most remote planet of all, Thalassa, and it will make him a rich man. This sea-covered world is the source of a coveted and addictive delicacythe flesh of sea creatures the settlers call mermaids. Isaac's dreams seem within his grasp, until a mermaid sings to him. His startling response to this experience leaves him stranded on this dangerous frontier planet stripped of his livelihood. He embarks on a perilous adventure encountering a searing rite of passage and beings evolved millions of years ahead of us; he finds love and something finally worth fighting and dying for.