The woman Hendrik finds injured on a deserted beach is unlike anything this West Coast fisherman has ever pulled from the ocean. Where her legs should be, there’s a fishtail. Could this be one of the water maidens his wife Rebekkah spoke about before she walked into the sea, never to be seen again? Or is she the fish woman that the old isiXhosa people in the Transkei call ‘mamlambo’?
As the strange being takes up residence in Hendrik’s home, nothing is as it seems.
Whether he’s dealing with a figment of his grief, or a puzzle that will solve Rebekkah’s disappearance, Hendrik soon realises that the line between the so-called magical and the real is very fine.