Coralie Sardie thrills the masses at The Museum of Extraordinary Things on the 1911 Coney Island boardwalk. She appears as the Mermaid, alongside the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. Her hands are webbed and she can swim with speed and ease; her father, "the Professor," trained her to use a special breathing device so she could spend an hour or more underwater in an ice-filled tub.
Thanks to a believable tail and some carefully applied paint, Coralie's evening swims up and down the Hudson generate rumors of a monster. One night, as she rests along the northern shore of the river, she spies Eddie Cohen, a dashing Russian immigrant runaway taking pictures in the moonlight. Eddie photographs the devastation following the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and becomes tied up in the mystery behind a missing young woman. His quest entangles him with Coralie and The Museum of Extraordinary Things unfolds with Hoffman's magic and horror in a rapidly changing city full of lies, bootleggers, thugs and idealists.
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