Peter Martinez is the Wave Dancer, a surfer in modern day California. He is also a Native American (Noqoto tribe) whose job is to dress up as an “Indian Chief” for his tribe’s casino. Not able to conform to the rules of the casino he soon finds himself without a job – fired by his mother.
At the core of the story is a battle between environmental protection and an oil company, (appropriately named ENRG) who want to develop part of their property on the central California coastline for additional exploration and production of oil. No longer with a job at the casino, Martinez begins to follow his passion for archaeology and explore ENRG’s property and discovers the site of an ancient burial cave on the side of a sea cliff.
A moment at sea while surfing turns into time travel – he blacks out and wakes up in the year 1787 and soon discovers his ancestral roots. He is taken in by his village ancestors and becomes well-respected after he teaches others the art of surfing (how he earns his Wave Dancer name) and saves a man from a Grizzly bear attack. He also warns his ancestors of future hardship coming and ‘dies’ in conflict while fighting in a common scene played out in some of California’s early history. Upon his ‘death’ he returns to contemporary times – but his time with his ancestors clarifies his commitment to protect this special part of the California Coastline.
The drama pitting his findings versus that of the energy company is played out in front of the California Coastal Commission. An intriguing read from start to finish.
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