In a chilling and original story, Fama (Overboard 2002) tells the tale of the mermaid Syrenka's love for Ezra in 1872, that leads to a series of horrific murders. In the present, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect or a curse? With Ezra's help, Hester investigates her family's sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean, but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.