By Jennifer Egan

Anna Karrigan, twelve years old, goes with her father to visit a man named Dexter Styles. She senses he is crucial to the survival of her family. Years later her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard as the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations. Meeting once again with Dexter Styles leads her to learn more about the mystery surrounding her father.