This is a rough first draft. Currently re-writing offline #kidlit #MG Jonas is a young teen who's family has been cursed for generations by the Nereids, an ancient tribe of magical merfolk living at the very bottom of an ocean gorge. Liriope is a member of the Nereids. Ignorant of the curse, Liriope longs to visit the surface and collect what she thinks are willing human hosts for her tribe. Able to communicate with the dead, Jonas must find a way to break the curse before he is taken by Liriope herself, and lost to the deep blue forever.