Sarah Andrews lives in Australia, but she is still an American at heart. She has remained in
Australia after the sudden death of her husband to stay close to her daughter. Yet her daughter
doesn't understand why after two years Sarah can't put the past behind her and get on with the
future. Even Sarah's psychologist isn't too much help. He listens but does not provide any
practical suggestions for her, and after two years of sessions, Sarah feels discouraged and alone.
Finally deciding that there is no purpose to continuing to live a life that feels meaningless,
Sarah makes the decision to walk out as far as she can into the sea, and drown herself. Yet this
plan works no better than her life on land has been working. Sarah cannot drown! She can breathe
both air and water and survive. Seeing the face of a young woman, Sarah is drawn by this woman
to an undersea world. The woman, Bantryd, brings her to meet her uncle, Xaxanader, and she
discovers what seems to be an entire alternate reality under the water. Sarah can't help but
wonder if this is all a hallucination, perhaps brought on by her own death. A return trip proves
that the undersea society exists.
Bantryd tells her that she is alive, and is one of the select who can survive in both worlds.
Sarah is what is called a vestigant, and she is the last one alive. Bantryd's mother was also a
vestigant and she left the sea to live with humans, and now Bantryd wants to find her and needs
Sarah's help. Once Bantryd returns to land with her, the plot takes many different paths and the
reader will be in for surprises and intrigue that blur the genre line for this book between
fantasy, a tad of mystery, and light romance and suspense.
Once the reader becomes involved in this book, it can easily overtake you with the need to
keep on reading until you have discovered all of its secrets. It is a long book at 401 pages,
and not altogether an easy read. If your mind wanders even a bit, you may find yourself confused
and needing to backtrack. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I found that by rereading some
paragraphs or pages, they took on new meaning, and I had a new understanding of the story.
I highly recommend this book as a great summer read. You'll need the time and quiet to
reflect on the amazing tale and absorb the finer nuances. This book could become one that you
will want to read again every few years as a tradition because it may have new meaning for you
at various stages of your life. Excellent job by author Gail Graham!