It’s 1910 and in a frigid cabin sitting above the Arctic Circle, 15-year-old Sig sits with his father’s corpse on the kitchen table. Earlier that day, his father had driven his dog sled across a weak patch of ice and fell through, something he had always warned Sig not to do.
Sig is waiting for his sister and stepmother to return with men from the town who can take care of his father’s body. Before any of them get back, however, a giant stranger pounds on the cabin door and demands to be let in. He won’t leave until he gets what he came for: something Sig’s father stole from him 11 years ago.
It’s 100 years in the future, and a great swath of the southern United States is covered in water. To make a living, Nailer scavenges wires and other valuable materials off abandonded oil tankers.
When he comes across a shipwrecked clipper ship filled with silver, gold and other scavenge, he thinks his luck has finally changed for the better. Instead he finds a near-dead rich girl with a complicated past who needs his help. Suddenly he is part of a scheme to help the girl elude criminals who want her dead.