Colton is a trans man living in a climate-changed world. He plies the canals that used to be city streets, earning a living taking tourists on illicit journeys through San Francisco's flooded edges beneath the imposing bulk of the Wall.
Tris is an elf who comes through the veil to the City by the Bay - the Caille - on a coming of age pilgrimage called the Cailleadhama. He is searching for his brother Laris, who went missing after crossing through the Caille years before.
The two men find they have common cause, and together they set off to find Laris in a world transformed by the twin forces of greed and climate change. And in the end, they find out more than they ever expected, both about the warming world and their own selves.
This book is like a two for one- part dystopian novel part fantasy. There’s also some action and romance in the mix as well. Colton is a trans man living in the flooded ruins of what used to be San Francisco- on the poor side of the wall built to keep the ocean from swallowing everything as much as it is to keep the lower class citizens out. Tris is an elf who has come through the veil into the human world as part of a coming of age tradition and in search of his missing brother. He finds much more and less than he could have hoped for. As is the case with several of this author’s titles, this beautifully crafted story is unlike anything I have ever read.