Yet Baxter Mariah, fighter pilot, has more to contend with than beasts that are part human, part troll, and which, in this blighted Australia steadily sliding under the sea, might not be so mythical after all. He believes he is destined to rescue his people … if he only knew how.
Among those thwarting him is Toby Ellameine, cricketer and militia captain, whose spirit is also under siege — he fears an atrocity he commits during a war shows that a monster lurks within. Another threat is Zinzan Evangeline, ace pilot and sociopath. He comes to see great danger in Baxter, and takes action.