Deep in a polluted city, a heartbroken office worker escapes to a park bench. He is joined by a mariner who has a tale to tell. Cursed by an albatross he slew whilst hunting whales, the mariner and his crew find themselves stranded within the North Pacific Garbage Patch: a vast, hypoxic, slow-whirling maelstrom of plastic waste; a hidden repository for the world's litter. The mariner comes face-to-face with the consequences of man's excessive consumption--along the way meeting various characters of our current environmental tragedy: a lady made of oil, a deserted ghost-ship drilling barge...Medusa, Poseidon, Thor and others make cameo appearances.--P.  of cover.