An oceanographer fears she was the target of an accident at sea that kills one of her colleagues. Are climate change doubters at work?
Having two famous oceanographers for parents sets expectations high for Dr. Mara Tusconi and her work at the Maine Oceanographic Institution. Though Mara is gifted and has the good luck to work with her closest friend, Harvey, aka Dr. Harvina Allison, she’s got her share of professional troubles as well. Seymour, her boss, resents her for having famous parents even though they died when she was a teenager. Worse, someone appears to be out to get her. Climate change deniers have been hacking scientists’ emails, and Mara’s name is on a list of potentially “dangerous” researchers. In addition to everything else, Mara is one of those rare oceanographers who gets seasick. It’s especially unfortunate when she succumbs to her illness in front of Ted McKnight, a relatively new hire. She’s interested in getting to know Ted better even though she has a sneaking suspicion he’s involved with Harvey. During a research cruise that involves all hands, Mara’s nausea forces her to sit on the sidelines while the rest of the team is at work. When disaster strikes in the form of a suspicious death, Mara’s convinced that what happened was no accident. She wonders if she was the intended victim and knows she needs to investigate even if it means finding out that Ted isn’t the man she thought he was.
Combining niche material about Maine life and oceanography, D’Avanzo’s debut may have trouble finding an audience.