But this day nothing goes as we expected it to. The ships crash into the underwater reef, but the men don’t swim ashore. Instead they thrash about, screaming for help. These sailors don’t know how to swim! The waves dash them against the rocks. My sisters and I dive into the water, struggling to save them. But there is no beach on this side of the island, and we must carry them around to the other side where there is a sandy inlet. Soon the inlet is full of human bodies and grieving mermaids. In the end, 11 men survive, but 18 are dead. Eighteen men who breathe no more because of our songs.

But what Sirena doesn’t know is that soon there will be someone else on her island—a man who wants to know her, perhaps to love her. Will Sirena remain silent, or will she sing her songs one more time—for him?