Fourteen year old Augustus Tomlin's day started out just like any other—normally. He got out of bed, dressed, brushed his teeth, then headed for the kitchen to join his adoptive parents, Earl and Marge for breakfast. This was the first day of their vacation, and admittedly, Augie (as he liked to be called) wasn't as excited about it as he would've been had Earl and Marge decided to take them all to Disneyland instead. Not only had he been dealing with a paralyzing fear of water all of his life, but they were staying in a cabin on an isolated stretch of beach in the Florida Keys. Nevertheless, there was no way for Augie to know just then that by the end of the week he'd be traveling in an undersea carriage drawn by four of the most incredible creatures he'd ever laid eyes upon, heading for destinations untold somewhere at the bottom of the ocean at a hundred miles an hour.
At the breakfast table Earl and Marge were engaged in light conversation. Marge had prepared bacon and eggs with toast.
Augie filled his plate and took a seat.
“So what do you think?” Earl said leaning back in his chair. “I know, I know … the place needs a bit of work but we haven't been here since before you came along.”
“It's great,” Augie said between mouthfuls.
“Can you believe it's been fourteen years?” Earl said to Marge who was pouring herself a glass of orange juice.
Marge's eyes settled on Augie. She smiled warmly. “We found you just a few miles from here,” she said.
“Hurricane Augustus ...” Earl added.