Chantal is drawn to the statue of the "sea reina" by a mystical song that only she can hear. Yet another special thing about her, she thinks, another reason that a handsome boy should be attracted to her rather than to her flirtatious, manipulative older sister. Once Chantal acquires the statue, she does begin to attract boys, but each of them meets with a serious accident. Chantal and her good friend Micah race to solve the mystery before the statue claims even more victims, including Chantal herself; in the process, Chantal learns some valuable lessons about the price one pays for vanity, envy, and dishonesty. Given the dramatic subject, the writing is flat in spots, but the voice of 14-year-old Chantal is convincing and appealing. The interweaving of the myths into a contemporary story is handled skillfully without sacrificing authenticity, although the juxtaposition of the Sirens and Lorelei results in a somewhat rushed, overly simplified ending. The important message that friendship between girls and boys is possible and that a caring relationship can grow out of such friendships is presented effectively without preaching. As added bonus, Chantal and Micah take for granted that using the library to find the answers to their questions is an essential step in solving the mystery.