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By Terry Pratchett

When a huge wave destroys his village, Mau is the one one left. Daphne—a visitor from the opposite aspect of the globe—is the only survivor of a shipwreck. Separated via language and customs, the 2 are united by means of disaster. Slowly, they're joined by means of different refugees. And as they fight to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem dying himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the area upside down.

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