Almost sixteen years ago, Mateo’s island homeland disappeared into the sea. Weary and hopeless, San Madrigal’s sinking survivors escaped to New York. While the rest of his tight-knit Brooklyn diaspora community dreams of someday finding a way back home, Mateo, now a high school junior and piano prodigy, is focused on getting the attention of a locally-grown musical legend, Gerval, during the annual party Grand Fete.
But the evil that sank their island has finally caught up with them. On the night of the celebration, Mateo’s life is forever changed when he witnesses a brutal murder by a person he thought he knew. Suddenly Mateo is thrust into an ancient battle that spans years and oceans. Deadly secrets are unraveled, and Mateo awakens a power within himself – a power that not only links him to the killer but could also hold the key to unlocking the dark mystery behind his lost homeland.