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Plot summary[ edit ] Ingo is a mermaid who is lost, and she has a flashback of her sister, Sapphire Sapphy remembering her father, Mathew Trewhella, showing her the carved Zennor mermaid, who was slashed with a knife a long time ago by an angry human. She had been in love with a human man who eventually swam away with her and became Mer.
He is apparently her ancestor. Many people say he ran away with another woman, or has died, but Sapphy and her brother, Conor, who is two years older than she is, refuse to give up hope and secretly promise to never stop looking for him. About a year later, Conor also disappears. Fearing that the same thing that happened to her father has happened to Conor, Sapphy sets out to look for him.
She finds him speaking to a mysterious mergirl named Elvira in the water at the nearby cove, and waits until the girl suddenly disappears. The next day, Conor leaves again for the cove after their mother has left for work. Searching for him at the cove, Sapphy hears a beautiful voice singing a familiar song that her father had sung to her in the past. She calls out for her father and the singing stops. Suddenly she notices a boy perched on a rock.
She nearly falls into the sea but the Mer boy, named Faro helps her keep her balance. When she calls him a " mermaid ", he gets very scornful of humans, saying that him being a mermaid is "anatomically impossible" as he is, firstly, male and secondly, "all that scaly-tails and hair-combing mermaid and merman stuff comes from humans".
He takes her through the Skin the surface and into the world of Ingo which is extremely painful at the beginning for a human, and you have to forget about Air to be able to survive. She also finds out that it works the other way for the Mer: it hurts them when they go into the Air, and if they stay to long, they will die. After an amazing time, Sapphy leaves Ingo only to realize that she has been there all day long instead of a few hours. As time goes by, Sapphy is affected more and more by Ingo, craving salt and the call of the sea.
Ingo calls to Sapphire more strongly than it does to Conor. Granny Carne has earth power and can communicate with owls and bees, maybe even other animals. Sapphire learns that this is where the Mer go to die and Ingo is deeply hostile to anyone who goes there, and that all of Ingo is prepared to defend what is held there. She also remembers that her father told her and Conor to never ever go near them and that it was dangerous.
Sapphire and Conor do their best to save Roger and his diving buddy, Gray, from the fierce seal guardians that protect that area. Sapphire realises that she is now certain that her father is alive and calling to her.
Ingo (Ingo Series #1)
A novel by Helen Dunmore Helen Dunmore, author of Zillah and Me and The Silver Bead, begins a trilogy for children with a novel that describes both an idyllic life, growing up beside the sea, and an undersea world of wonder and amazement with equal aplomb. Set in Cornwall, Ingo is the story of Sapphire and her brother Conor, and what happens to them after their father mysteriously disappears at sea. Sapphire still thinks her father is alive. She remembers stories he used to tell her about a Mer creature who fell in love with a human, but could not come to live with him in the dry air. The following summer, both Conor and Sapphire are inexorably drawn to the water, despite the worries of their mother. They love the water so much, and spend hours in the nearby cove.
The church is dark too, so you have to bend down to see her clearly. You can trace the shape of her tail with your finger. Someone slashed across her with a knife a long time ago. A sharp, angry knife. Why did they hurt her? I was only little, but I remember every word. It would have killed her.
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