For as long as anyone can remember, the islanders of Brodthrop Atoll have lived in peace. The still airs keep the sailors away, and the dance of the whalepike calms the seas. When Phehl’s turn came to be pike keeper, she looked forward to long days of watching the ocean for whale spouts and tending the small creatures that inhabit the lagoon. But when a frenzied shark interrupts the ceremony and a strange girl washes up on Whalegrave Beach, the winds begin shifting and more strangers are quick to arrive. Things turn dangerous and Phehl must choose between disappointing her people and protecting her newfound friend.