Pine never wanted to be a real girl. But when sentient androids are emancipated, she finds herself with little choice. Sent from her beloved home to a human city, Pine must find herself a new place in a world that's not quite ready for her. Ex-soldier James Cruicéad isn't thrilled about her liberation either. He's had his own experiences with synadroids, and none of them good. They're dangerous and unpredictable, and the one newly acquired by his mentor Joseph is no exception, despite the spark she ignites in him. Then Joseph disappears during a mysterious storm, and the pair are forced to confront some dangerous truths—and their feelings for each other—in order to save him. Will they drown? Or will they be able to cross the ocean that divides them and discover what it really means to be alive?