By the late nineteenth century, the once quiet coastal town of Thaw-kat-khut had grown into a teeming harbour to rival the larger, more well-known ports of Lukang and the old Dutch-built Fort Zeelandia. That was, until a flood of cataclysmic proportions came running down the Dadu Mountains, swallowing the trading centre and erasing it from the island’s maps forever.
And so became the Phantom Harbour.
Only for Ho Ching-Yao to rediscover and resurrect it over a century later, lifting Taiwan’s very own Atlantis out of the water. Arranged into five stories spanning different periods in the town’s history, we encounter merchant families, migrants from across the straits and lovers united and divided across social class, culminating in the story of the disaster that was to sink the people of Thaw-kat-khut and their home forever.
Making use of the riches of local folklore, ghost stories and uncanny happenings, Phantom Harbour bursts from the page, demanding to be read and never forgotten.