At least once in their lifetime, everyone feels that they’ve been dealt a poor hand. Maybe they hate their boss. Maybe they’re lonely. Maybe they are overall repulsed by the system they live in. In Freddie Molloy’s case, it’s a combination of all three and then some. He is one of the many capitalist serfs plowing the metaphorical fields of America’s richest CEOs, who have since bought sections of the country following the zenith of the climate crisis. As has always been the case, the rich make the rules and everyone else has no choice but to obey them. The only real difference is that now, no one can pretend that things are even close to being fair.
Freddie despises the way things are, but feels too emotionally exhausted to even try to change it. This is simply the way things are, and he’s told by his father to keep his head down and obey his betters. Freddie doesn’t like it, but that’s life.
At least, that was what everyone thought. Until Freddie goes out one night and first hears a predatory mermaid’s hypnotic song.