A new manuscript from the author of The Weather Inside
On a coral reef outpost in the South China Sea, a man and a woman battle the elements, each other and fate.
Punished for a mysterious crime against the Communist Party of China, a man has been exiled to Mischief Reef, a politically contentious coral sprawl in the South China Sea. Tasked with turning the reef into an island by dredging sand from the ocean floor, he follows the bizarre directives from his fellow castoff—enduring the memories that torment him—and awaits his helicopter home.
But a woman arrives instead.
A U.S. Navy intelligence officer, Jess is serving on an aircraft carrier—the first woman ever to do so—until something goes very wrong. Abandoned in the middle of the South China Sea, Jess is rescued by Philippine Navy sailors who’ve been strategically moored for far too long. Things get complicated when their unhinged leader declares Jess an angel sent to save them from their disastrous mission. But Jess is no angel; she’s done horrible things and she’s desperate for absolution. And the only person who can give it to her? That man on Mischief Reef.
Set in the 1980’s, and inspired by real but re-imagined events currently making headlines in The New York Times, the mystery of fate unfolds dramatically in Nine Dash Line. What brought these two people to the South China Sea? What binds them together? And how in the world will they ever get home?
For more information about Nine Dash Line, contact Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative.