Mutability blooms in the Florida Keys after the Red War and the genie boxes. King Pelicans with the brains of scientists and a single human hand in place of one webbed foot rule the ruins of half-drowned Miami. Slavers roam the deep waters offshore, taking captives to feed the voracious Kudzu Army and the human aqueduct bearing fresh water from Lake Okeechobee.
A professor becomes involved in an investigation of some strange goings-on in a sleepy Southern Californian town. At first he is of the opinion that a series of unexplained deaths are the work of a serial killer. As his investigations continue he finds himself dealing with the supernatural.