Erik is the new, good-looking, teenage boy on the Gold Coast. He has a light, easy, manner and soon makes friends through his part-time job at the Ocean Café. He is also quick to notice the attractive girls at the café, in particular Ondina. The only person who seems immune to his charm is Zac. There’s something about Erik that makes Zac wary – and for good reason. Erik is not what he seems; he’s a merman.
Unlike mermaids, mermen do not live in pods with other mermen. Instead they are raised on land, by land people, blending in so that no-one ever guesses their secret – although Erik sometimes cheekily pushes his luck on that point.