|Imogen Hermes Gowar.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||496 / 2018|
One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of his trading vessels explains that he sold Jonah's ship for something far more precious: a mermaid. Jonah is stunned—the object the captain presents him is small, vicious-looking, and also dead. All of London is curious to see this marvel in Jonah Hancock's possession, and the somber merchant finds himself moving from the city's seedy underbelly to the finest drawing rooms of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of the coquettish Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on—and their meeting sparks a perilous liaison that steers both their lives onto a dangerous new course as they come to realize that priceless things often come at the greatest cost.