Chris is a fisherman who goes fishing with Xander McClure, Xander's father and Calvin. On one of their boat rides, the crew catch something strange and pull it aboard. It attacks Chris and leaves him badly wounded. The military arrives in helicopters and takes him to their military base.
On-board the North Star motorboat, he is the first of his fellow fishermen to be violently attacked and badly hurt by the mermaid Donna whom he and his crew had accidentally caught while rounding up fish. He is found and rescued by the military and recuperates in a hospital. but cannot get the visual of Donna (a mermaid) out of his mind.
Weeks later, he recovers somewhat and ends up meeting Donna, who had managed to escape her confinement and assumed the name and clothing of a nurse she had brutally attacked. He and her succeed in escaping the military base in a van, returning to Bristol Cove.