With rehab behind him, Jim is exiled to a seasteading colony off the coast of California with his estranged father, Rick. Together, they live by their wits, scamming seafarers until a national disaster rocks the nearby mainland. Rick is forced to assist with rescue operations, leaving Jim behind. All Jim wanted was a chance to put some bad choices behind him and bond with his father. Now he's dodging drug lords, police, and angered colonists while terrorist attacks erupt only a few miles away. Is this the life a fifteen-year-old should lead?