A girl jumps seven stories into the Savannah River. She isn’t from these parts. She is covered in sparkling stars and she appears terrified. Her name is Laerka. Is she an illegal immigrant, an escaped exotic dancer, a con artist? No, she is . . . something supernatural.
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?