Life in a fishing village at the brink of Alaska statehood is tough for Joe Bishop and his family. After a diving accident kills his father, eighteen year old Joe needs to work to support his mother and siblings. He's got a safe and easy job at a local store, but he's always craved the thrill of deep-sea diving. Diving makes good money, but he's young, and no one will take him seriously. A diver has to be focused and smart, seasoned and quick in a crisis—there's no telling what Joe might encounter in the frigid water that took his father's life. Outside the diving suit Joe has to prove himself to his mother and everyone who knew his father. But underwater he's on his own—Joe Bishop and the cold, endless ocean, the future of Alaska, and the hunger of a young man hellbent on honoring his father and finding his way in the world.
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