"Maybe we'll start with the day the sky split open. There was this sound, like a vicious explosion that shook the building and threatened to split our eardrums. I was the first to my feet, I raced the others to the deck and we gawked at the scene before our eyes. Out over the ocean, a tear, a festering wound in the sky."In a flooded world full of mutant fish and frighteningly adept killers known as "riftmen" Hugh Jericho wakes up naked in a tiny village full of strange people and he has no idea how he got there. He's told, however, that he was fished out of the ocean by a team of people exploring the outer perimeter of the rift. As he gets to know the people around him, he relives his past through story telling and the dark secrets of the rift are revealed.