"I was smoking on Shellfish Bridge, thinking about how I had completely screwed up my life, when an idea occurred to me; what if I jumped? I mean it’s not like anyone would miss me or anything. Sure Ridge might be sad, but he’ll get over it, right? " What happens when you make a suicidal jump off a bridge and everything goes completely wrong? Ask Tarabelle Johansson, an 18 year old girl that wanted to end her life, even though it had barely begun. Despite having to leave behind her older brother Ridge, Tara saw no good reason to stay alive much longer. Her mother has been deceased since she was nine and her father was a jobless drunk that had fun abusing Tara in every single way. The day Tara finally "quits" her job, she also decides to quit her life the easy way, by jumping off a bridge. But when she jumps off, nothing happens. She was supposed to die...only she didn't. The young woman was saved by the most unlikely creature humanly possible, a mermaid. Instead of swimming Tara back to the surface to live on her life, the sea-girl also turns Tarabelle into a mermaid. Now, not only is Tara forced to live in an underwater kingdom full of human fish and has no idea how to adapt, but she also falls for the prince (soon to be king) Taiven. But the mermen is already engaged, and Tara finds out that his bride to be Adara is not what she appears. While all of this happens under sea, back on land Tarabelle's older brother Ridge, attempts to find out what exactly happened to her. He is convinced that his little sister would not commit suicide, would she? This is the dazzling story about a girl who's life got turned upside down the day she wanted to die. This is the beginning of A Mermaid Tale.