On a stormy night in 1421, the North Sea delivers a devastating blow to Holland in the form of the St. Elizabeth Flood. This deluge of water was of epic proportions as it drowned out hundreds of towns, thousands of people, and forever altered the geography. However, disaster can be profitable for the right type of individual. In the wake of the flood in sail three conspirators, a deranged thug at the edge of madness, a ruthless conman at the cusp of fortune, and a half-feral girl between them. Part fantasy and part historical fiction, Jesse Burlington's The Folly of the World is full of dark humor, gritty details, and loopy characters.