An old story with a modern twist. The book is written nicely and the details about the life and people on a Caribbean island in the '70s add an original touch to the usual 'mermaid meets a man and they fall in love' storyline. The characters are built nicely and the intricacies of the human/half-human soul are caught in a multi-faceted manner which makes you ponder our life on Earth. While at the heart of the story we have a short-lived relationship, the overall narrative actually builds and touches on big topics such as immortality, loneliness, love, loss, betrayal, and greed. It is a story brought from the midst of time to our modern times and it proves, once more that universal truths like the ones we find here even if retold again, and again through ages and different cultures touch a chord in us and stay fresh forever.