Anya Swanson meets Roan Kirkpatrick, a newly hired deckhand on a local fishing boat on the last day before he heads out to sea. He is an experienced fisherman with big plans for his future, plans he promises to discuss with Anya over dinner upon his return. She was counting on that dinner…
On a clear, cold night, in the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, Roan and another deckhand are discovered missing off the deck of the fishing boat, miles from the closest port in near freezing water. The ship’s captain quickly concludes that the disappearance resulted in Roan’s death, a tragic result of an icy deck.
But Anya is unconvinced.
Anya is the investigator assigned to claim, so it’s her job to dig deeper, to see what no one else can bring themselves to see. From the messy, cramped office that she shares with her boss, she begins to piece the events together clue by clue, even while her personal life begins to fall apart around her.
As she probes deeper, she becomes convinced that Roan has somehow survived. But with dark motives driving him that remain his own. Anya must confront her suspicions that thrust her into a race to find the man she hopes is innocent, but may prove to be a savage killer.
You've got every non-essential detail here and none of the important stuff.
The hook starts after Roan is toast at sea. The conflict is Anya thinking he's still alive (a nice trick in ocean water, but never mind that now), and trying to figure out how/why/where he survived.
Why you put "messy office" in this is beyond me. Perhaps you've got your webcam tuned to Snark Central.
You'll benefit from a crit group. You've got some problems here that say to me you need to work more on the writing before you start sending this out.