GENRE: SCI-FI / Alternative History
by C. Quinn DeMar
Kenneth: Why is Shelly so annoying? Can’t she just leave me alone and let me do my research? The buddy system is for amateur divers, not me. I can hold my breath for twelve minutes, dive, and surface faster than anyone. Yes, it caused me hearing loss, but who needs ears underwater anyway? Fish don’t have them. Why should I?
Shelly: Kenneth is still such a child and must be watched every moment of the day. I’ve been babysitting him since summer oceanography camp when we were twelve. I sometimes wonder why I ever agreed to be his dive buddy. At least now I get paid to look after him.
How can high-functioning autistic marine biologist Dr. Kenneth Barker, PhD, convince the world to stop polluting the oceans? As acidity levels and temperatures rise globally, many species are collapsing, including his favorite: The Nautilus. Why can’t the people and corporations of the world not see what they are doing to the marine ecosystem?
When the government takes notice of Kenneth’s discovery, they steal him away from Shelly to work on a top-secret operation to save more than sea life—perhaps humanity. They don’t realize Shelly’s critical role in helping Kenneth solve the crisis on Earth until they are apart, and she can’t help but miss him. Can they trust her to keep quiet if they let her in on the little secret?
As in the ocean, so on land, in air, … and in space.