A year has passed since Artur and Thomas declared their love for Fred and then left. Since then, Fred has been passing her days by working at the aquarium and being annoyed by Jonas (her best friend) and Dr. Barb's (her boss) relationship. They have been setting Fred up on various blind dates as well, which have all ended badly. Fred is surprised to discover two Undersea Folk requesting her presence at the Pelagic. At the Pelagic, she discovers the identity of her biological father as well as makes a decision between Artur and Thomas
Fred the Mermaid has taken the bait and chosen to date Artur, Prince of the Black Sea, over human marine biologist Thomas. And just in time. The existence of the Undersea Folk is no longer a secret, and someone needs to keep them from floundering in the media spotlight. Fred has all the right skills for that job, but has a hard time when her real father surfaces and tries to overthrow Arturís regime.
Jonah, Prime Legion Commander of the angels has fought the Dark Ones for a millennium. Fierce and powerful, the bringer of justice -- Jonah protects The Lady and all of earth's inhabitants. But on one fateful day an unfortunate blow from one of his enemies severs his wing and sends him falling helplessly into the ocean. Gripped in the pain of his wound and his faith all but destroyed, Jonah welcomes the embrace of death and the blessed silence that will follow.
Anna is a mermaid alone in the world. Orphaned as a baby she has spent her short life on the fringe of Neptune's domain. Scorned by her own kind, she has taken her solitary life in stride by keeping company with aquatic creatures of the sea. When she discovers the severed wing of an angel drifting down into the ocean's abyss, she makes an impulsive decision and rushes to aid the fallen angel. Her selfless act would alter her life forever.
Through sheer will and courage, Anna rescues Jonah and manages to bring him to safety and shelter. Despite his dismissal, Anna returns with Mina the seawitch to assess the damage. Sensing Jonah's wound ran deeper than his physical injury, Mina sends them on a journey governed by fate to seek a human shaman. The spiritual healer can help restore Jonah's faith in his purpose. Jonah distrusts the seawitch, but reluctantly agrees to go along with Anna. Perhaps this human can help him find peace, though he has no desire to return to his divine station.
As Anna and Jonah embark on their spiritual quest, danger is an ever present threat. Along the way they encounter many examples of the joys and pains in life that leave indelible marks upon the soul. Anna brings love and wonder to Jonah even as contempt and despair lie crouching in the corners of his spirit. When Jonah finds himself at the Desert Crossroads, he succumbs to darkness and the final battle draws near. Anna refuses to give up on Jonah and is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for her beloved angel who claimed her as his own. When all hope is lost and doom is poised to claim victory, an innocent mermaid stands in defiance to demonstrate that love freely given can defeat the worst of enemies - And it is truly the most powerful weapon of all.
Stories about mermaids come from almost every country by the sea--from Iceland to India, America to Arabia. In these sixteen stories, Ruth Manning-Sanders captures the quirky personalities of mermaids and mermen, recounting their marvelous schemes and adventures with a master story-teller's eye for detail. This beloved and classic work, with stunning illustrations by Robin Jacques, has been out of print for decades.
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