Adrienne Hunt, newly-graduated freelance journalist, takes an opening on a cruise ship, hoping to make some money and research an article on the notorious working conditions there. She meets Ryan, who works in the ship's laundry and shakes up her elitism with his obvious education and manners. When Ryan's ex-fiancee shows up on the same ship and tells all his secrets, Adrienne must choose: Should she help her new friend even though he's been lying to her, or potentially make her career by exposing his father's hypocrisy?
Ryan Sawyer has been on the Azure Mist for six months, hiding from the mess he's made of his life. He's happy in obscurity until circumstances, both on the ship and back home, force him to stand up and work out the problems he left behind, as well as the new ones he faces now.
'At Sea' is nine months in the lives of Adri, who wants to view everyone only as sources, and Ryan, who vowed to remain detached from society, as they become deeply involved in each other's and their roommates' lives.
This isn't specific enough about the problems, conflicts and challenges to hook me.