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“We don’t know if anything we do is going to make a difference in the end. But the end isn’t the only thing that matters. What we do now, matters now.”
Seventeen-year-old Curtis Knight is the son of a wealthy casino owner, unhappy with his luxurious but empty existence and desperate to find some purpose to his life. But after a chance meeting with Yulia Sokolova, the daughter of a maverick oil baron with plans to exploit the untouched wealth trapped below the Arctic Ocean, his world is transformed almost beyond recognition.
Under the pretence of an adolescent experiment, Yulia introduces Curtis to the Saccoglossans pyasinskii, a sea slug with the extraordinary ability to share memories. Assaulted by terrifying visions of a dying ocean, Curtis is taken under the wing of a secretive eco-activist organisation, vowing to help them ensure that the Arctic oil fields remain undisturbed.
But as he is thrust deeper into a world of deadly violence and intrigue, Curtis must ultimately decide whether, in his quest to stop an environmental outrage, the ends truly justify the means.