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A storm at sea sweeps Sam out of her sorrow-filled life into a strange and haunting refuge, a world beyond the waves. Thrown from the boat, through the roiling water, our 12-year-old heroine lands where people have never been before. Sam is invited, warily at first, to bear witness to the struggle for survival of the sea and its many creatures, in this their haven. But the world beyond the waves and its wondrous creates, including dolphins, a gorgeous orca, a mama manatee and her offspring, a shy turtle, an elder dinosaur fish and a comic tropic bird, face a threat to their lives that Sam must race to overcome. Through the wizardry and wonder of this spot and its spirit, Sam uncovers the secret to their survival and her soul.
Kate Kempton is an indigenous rights and environmental lawyer whose lifelong ambition is to connect and help others connect with the Earth and her many beings. Kate writes novels and plays, walks and runs with her rescue dogs, studies climate and brain science, bangs away on the drums, and sews in her spare time. She and her partner Steve have lived and explored Toronto for many years and just moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada, where the Earth is big – big ocean, big mountains, big trees. Having learned so much about a humble and sustainable worldview from her many First Nation clients, Kate is intent on paying this forward. She hopes to contribute to decolonialization of the planet, peoples and the mind. "It starts with the young," says Kate "who have the purity of strength and courage not yet eroded and chipped away by the biases of adulthood." You can reach Kate by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on her Facebook page Kate's Social Justice Kafe.