Laerka is Southern Gothic tale of rescue involving a group of teenagers and a Russian crime ring that sells girls to night clubs in Savannah, Georgia. One particular victim, Laerka, is a Danish girl who transforms into a mermaid when in water. The Russian crime boss, who masterminds the trafficking, changes into a “Vodyanoy” dragon when he hunts girls for the illegal skin trade.
A Savannah native, sixteen-year-old Stella Delaney finds Vodyanoy’s first victim floating face down in the marsh. Can she save Learka from this fate? Is she in danger herself? Could Laerka be a crook? She and the traffickers share the same prison tattoo, so who in this forbidding landscape can be trusted?