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Less than a week ago, Finn traded away the rest of his supernaturally long life for two weeks with his boyfriend Devon. Finn is a shapeshifting seal straight out of an Irish folktale who had to give his heart to a cruel master a decade ago. Devon may be the boy next door, but his stepmother is a witch who thinks she can break Finn’s contract. Finn’s master, Paul, though, isn’t going to give up easily on the near-immortal life a selkie’s heart grants him.
The more time Finn spends in Devon’s lavish care, the more he remembers that sex was meant for pleasure. Finn wants the sting of a riding crop and something shiny around his neck as a token of Devon’s affection. He can’t go back to Paul’s sexual servitude now. With Finn’s new resolve comes magical powers that he’s going to need, because the stakes for Paul are higher than Finn realizes. The deal that binds Finn is backed by the powers of a sea witch with the strength of the Pacific Ocean. If Finn is late, Paul will make sure he can never swim in open water again, and if he runs, he’s dead.
Finn grew up knowing selkie stories end in tragedy. Being a mythical shape-shifting seal leaves you vulnerable to having your heart stolen in a much more literal way than most. Finn should know; working for and sleeping with his cruel master has been his life for a decade. He’d grown up ready to spend the rest of his preternaturally long life with Devon, the boy next door, but now Finn’s more dead than alive, trapped in his memories of what was with no room for dreams of what could have been.
Devon knows if Finn goes back to his master after his one annual day off, he's as good as dead. But Devon’s plan to save him isn’t fully formed yet. An impossible storm, an ancient one-eyed shark and a mysterious selkie with his own agenda all chase Finn and Devon up the coastline. Getting home alive is the first step in dealing with an ancient curse, but they both need to learn that it is better to trust the other than sacrifice themselves. Finn has gotten used to losing, and his worst buried memories are just surfacing now. In the time he has with Devon, can he gather his strength to save himself?