On a Spring morning of cloudless blue sky off Cottesloe beach, Western Australia, a teenage boy is killed by a great white shark. Tommy’s earthly business, however, is far from over – and so begins an oceanic odyssey of leviathan proportions for Tommy’s ghost, now cocooned within the shark’s body.
Two years later, as another great white is the suspected culprit for a series of attacks along the same stretch of coastline, a local marine biologist and his assistant think they see a pattern to the carnage and hatch a crazy plan. But they’ll need some help.
Are you ready to enter the water?
This is one of the themes swirling through the minds of Gaff and Will as they sit around, one night, quaffing home-made moonshine. Considering that one man is dead and three others are lucky to be alive they begin swapping theories as to why a giant shark is menacing Perth beach-goers...until Gaff has an epiphany that will drastically alter the shape of their future.
In a cottage dwarfed by eucalypts in one of Perth's inland suburbs a weather-worn woman toils quietly making costume jewellery, which she packs and despatches to internet customers. She doesn’t swim anymore but unknown to her she has a key role in the drama that is unfolding along the coast.
Meanwhile, the shark, despite the strange force that is within it, has answered the ocean's call. It has travelled across the Pacific Ocean to California and back, before ending up in South Africa another year later. Sometimes it was in control and at others it was propelled by the force – which it recognised had been with it since it killed that skinny seal-thing, way back in what it and members of his ‘seam’ know of, as ‘the great shallows of the east’.
Gaff and Will have a plan, but they need to action it quickly. The people of Perth panic, conjuring up plan after plan to capture and kill the monster - and stay out of the water, but time is running out for the shark.
Do you believe in life after death?...