Odder dives and flips, twirls and splashes. She and her friend Kairi play and eat all day in Monterey Bay, California.
But below the surface, danger lurks.
A young shark sees the otters playing and goes in for the kill. He nips the end of Kairi’s tail, and Odder rushes to save her friend. The shark bites Odder, injuring her, but she escapes with her life.
Odder reaches land, and people from the Monterey Bay aquarium come and rescue her. She undergoes surgery, and in her delirium, she remembers that she’s been there before.
When Odder was just a pup, a storm separated her from her mom. After she washed ashore, people rescued her and took her to the aquarium. Once at the aquarium, her keepers cared for her and taught her how to be an otter so they could release her.
Odder swam in larger and larger tanks until she finally graduated to the ocean. One of her keepers swam with her, giving her the confidence she needed to brave the waves. One day, Odder saw other otters playing, and she knew it was time to leave.
Now, since the shark attack, Odder is back where she started. She will survive, but because of her injuries, Odder will live at the aquarium for the rest of her life. The bright spot is that Kairi was rescued too, so Odder still gets to see her friend.
But while the two otters might be safe, the aquarium comes with its own challenges. The keepers have introduced an orphaned pup to Kairi, and they hope that Kairi and Odder will help teach the pup everything they know.
Odder has to decide if she’s willing to help this orphaned pup live the life she never will.