Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.
In the very first chapter, so it's not a spoiler, Chloe, Emma's best friend is killed (didn't see it coming to the extent it played out too). This impacts Emma heavily but because of this and Emma's actions during the attack, Galen is almost certain that Emma is one of them. So he does what any normal teen would do, he moves to Jersey to figure it out.
Galen causes quite a stir at Emma's high school and the she is loathe to admit it, with her too. Galen doesn't know how to act around Emma, but it is clear that he only has eyes for her, but her stubborn side refuses to awknowledge anything he says until they basically go on a field trip to the bottom of the ocean and she can "function" normally. The attraction starts to build and then they figure out Emma has a gift that makes her extremely special, like special enough for Galen's kingdom that he can never have her, even if he is the prince of his kingdom. So there are a lot miscommunications and Emma really believes that he is just curious about her, that it's plutonic, but poor Galen - his hands are tied! GAH!
As far as characterization goes, Galen seems unchanging in his qualities. Emma, however, becomes more confident and sassy as the story goes on, but it's not done immediately. She grows into it.
Toraf - haha - love him - the kiss scene - haha.
The ending - SPOILER-ISH -
I thought that Grom was going to want to marry Emma and Galen was going to have sit back and watch the ceremony - though looking back now, Emma would never have allowed the ceremony to take place.
I also thought that some how Nalia was going to be Emma somehow - hey, it was a possibility.
I did not see, though I should have, how it was going to end.
Then Wa Bam! The ending cliffhanger sentence! Yep - now I don't know what to think.