Ailie enjoys her role in her Scottish village as "daft" and "an innocent" -- it means she can go barefoot, quote Shakespeare, and do what she likes without being bothered much. But her freedom is doomed: even daft, her beauty and inheritance make her far too tempting a prize. When a stranger named Malcolm mysteriously arrives from the sea, Alie is quick to seize on the fantasy that he is a Selkie, come to impregnate her as legend tells. She's much too close to the truth.If you want a quick Stuart bad boy fix (but not too bad,) this is a shorter but still quite satisfying novella. Stuart has been seeming too "samey" to me lately, and though I wouldn't say this story breaks new ground for her, it has enough unique elements to give her usual formula some new life.