Life isn’t better under the sea - a harsh reality of which teenagers Kellen Winstel and Garrett Weaver are totally unaware. Raised in the Midwest, far from the nearest ocean, their world is forever different when a hazing incident goes awry and one witnesses the other change in ways no one can explain. Or so they believe. Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with such changes and harsh realities. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives. But when his target leads him to the naïve teens, Lenny faces a moral dilemma. Secure his freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences? How Lenny answers the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.
Anyone can be taken – a simple truth for Selkie slave Chidi Etienne. She escaped her master knowing freedom meant beatings or worse to those she left behind. Still, the promise of life on land and the right to choose her destiny proved too great a hope to ignore. She should have known better. While the past returns to haunt Chidi, Midwest teenagers Kellen Winstel and Garrett Weaver struggle with the ripple effect her decision to run has cost them. Kidnapped and dragged into the realm beneath the waves by Chidi’s former crew, both teens are pitched into an unforgiving world where innocence is preyed upon. Even as they plot escape, Chidi and the teens must embrace their fears. For darker things than Selkies lurk in the Salted depths and none with pure intentions for those cast into their watery domain.
Sydney Gao has a secret – she’s a mermaid. Unfortunately, her mother forbade her from telling anyone and kept Sydney land-locked in the Midwest all her life. After learning Selkie slavers kidnapped her best friend Garrett Weaver, Sydney ran away in hopes of rescuing him. Succeeding, she thought all her dreams of finding others like her to swim with had finally come true. But Garrett is different now. No longer the goofy, fun-loving guy she remembered, he’s more concerned about his Selkie friends than Sydney. Worse, her mother is also mad at Sydney for putting herself in danger and not thinking about the consequences of her actions. Sydney can’t understand any of it. All she’s ever wanted is to finally see and explore the Salt capital city of New Pearlaya and to share her secret with someone. What Sydney doesn’t know is that the Salt is far from the place where dreams come true...and she isn’t the only one who’s been keeping secrets.