The Water's End is the story of Rob Miner, a blue-collar kid from coastal New Jersey trying to find his place in the world. He has spent his entire life dreaming of a tropical paradise where he can forget his past and surf the blue waves that haunt him. When the story opens, his grandmother has just died, and Rob knows he has nothing left to keep him home. He heads for Pacific Mexico, and winds up in a remote corner of Oaxaca, full of white beaches and empty waves, Zapatista rebels and Mayan ruins. There he finds everything he'd always longed for, including another American traveler with whom he falls in love. Rob revels in his nirvana, but it does not last long. He soon discovers that the American girl is not who she claimed. She too is hiding from her past, and has brought trouble to Mexico. With one stroke, Rob's dreamscape is threatened, and he is on the run again, towards some painful lessons about life, love and dreaming.