Keir has not heard from his father for weeks. Concerned, he travels to Ellston Bay, where his father lives alone in a property on the coast. Upon arrival, Keir finds the house empty and his father's boat tied on shore. Neither the locals nor police are concerned by the disappearance, and seem far more occupied with bathing for hours on end in the bay's hot, languid waters. Indeed, after his first swim, Keir finds his investigations somehow less appealing than the water of Ellston Bay, and the soothing quality it seems to have on his mind and body. In days, Keir has surrendered to the town's ritual compulsion - almost servitude - to the water. When he notices animal-like scratches on the underside of his father's boat, Keir breaks from this reverie, and becomes suspicious of the waters, the locals, and the police sergeant, who seems to play guardian to the town's strange relationship with the bay. Unbeknown to Keir, he is about to discover a dark secret that the town has hidden for a ...
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Inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft and R.H. Barlow short story 'The Night Ocean' (1936) See more