Two dangerously opposite civilizations collide in award-winning author Scott Mackay’s “pulse-pounding tale of discovery” (Philadelphia Weekly Press). On a massive oceanic world, two separate intelligent species have evolved on the only two continents. Paras is a rich, vibrant realm of plenty, where the inhabitants never know want or hardship and society is built upon kindness and honesty. On the other side of the world lies Ortok, a harsh, volcanic land where the denizens have mastered deceit and cruelty in order to survive. Neither race has ever encountered the other. Until now. When a bold young Parassian explorer hears rumors of Ortok, he braves the savage seas to discover a new frontier. But his adventurous spirit is about to pull both Paras and Ortok into a conflict that could re-make both societies forever . . . In this thrilling science fiction adventure, Scott Mackay offers “a rousing narrative of discovery and survival in a world where you don't want to be around when the tide comes in.” (Award-winning author Jack McDevitt).