Author(s): Chris Else
Have you heard the news? Candy always had the news. There's a terrible, terrible storm coming. The winds will be 380 kilometres an hour. Should we be worried? Billie asked. Well, apparently, what you have to do is put your head inside a paper bag and hide under the bed. That can't be right, Ming said. That's absolutely stupid. It's all over BFE. People in America have tried it and it seems to work. Apparently the bag equalises the pressure. Well, I suppose it wouldn't do any harm, would it? Billie said.
The world is going crazy. In a not too distant future, climate change is slowly drowning coastal areas, Artificial Intelligence is running almost everything, and social media continues to rule people's lives. In a South Pacific nation, an affluent family lose their beach-front home to storm and high seas. Waterfront insurance has long been unavailable and, with their prime asset now gone, Brian, Stella and their two teenage kids must move from the capital to Byte, a small, southern, rain-swept city in the grip of a computerised bureaucracy and a gang of religious vigilantes. When Brian falls foul of the authorities, Stella, Mandy and Luke must fend for themselves. Stella's only option seems to be an offer of help from the least likely quarter - but with what consequences?
Waterline explores the choices our own and future generations might have to make in our increasingly complex society. It is a dramatic tale, laced with dark humour, about responsibility, self-determination and the search for love.