Nailer lives in a world where oil is scarce and melting ice caps have submerged coastal cities. His father is an unreliable alcoholic so Nailer must earn a living by scavenging grounded oil tankers for copper wiring and scrap metal. After a hurricane sweeps the coastal region, Nailer and his crewmate Pima discover a beached but luxurious clipper ship as well as the ship’s lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl called Nita. Now Nailer must make a choice: strip the ship’s resources to become rich and please his father or rescue the girl and perhaps find a way out of the world of ship-breaking.
Ship Breaker recently won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature.