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The Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, live with their widowed mother and younger sister Margaret in Devonshire following the death of their father, who was mauled by a hammerhead shark. The seas have become dangerous ever since the mysterious and horrifying Alteration that has caused all the creatures of the ocean to become vicious and violently opposed to humans, and the sisters have had to train to defend themselves against attacks from the waters all their lives. Elinor has an on-again, off-again flirtation with the seemingly oblivious scholar Edward Ferrars, who is seeking to figure out what caused the Alteration to begin with, when the family is forced to move to a chain of islands owned by Sir John Middleton instead. There Marianne falls hard for the dashing explorer Willoughby, while simultaneously attracting the unwanted attentions of the older and dreadfully disfigured Colonel Brandon.
Contains examples of:
- Action Girl - Lady Middleton
- Arc Words - "K'yaloh D'argesh F'ah!"
- Badass Bookworm - Elinor
- Beast and Beauty - Marianne and Colonel Brandon
- Blind and the Beast - Eliza and Colonel Brandon
- Cassandra Truth - Margaret
- Complete Monster - Dreadbeard.
- Eldritch Abomination - The Leviathan
- Even Evil Has Standards - Dreadbeard will kill anyone without a second thought except Mr. Palmer, who saved his life when they were children.
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear - Or an octopus
- Humanoid Abomination - Lucy Steele, who is revealed to be a sea witch.
- Kraken and Leviathan
- No Big Deal - Lampshaded when the Leviathan's awakening fails to interrupt the plot from resolving as it did in the original.
- Not Now, Kiddo - Margaret
- Rescue Romance - Marianne finally reciprocates Colonel Brandon's feelings after he kills Dreadbeard.
- Sea Monster - lots, obviously.
- Spider Sense - Elinor
- Summon Bigger Fish - Well, a bigger octopus in the Final Battle with Dreadbeard's pirates.
- That's No Moon - That's no island - it's the Leviathan!
- The Unfavorite - Margaret