Tangled River is an all-ages science fiction graphic novel, set on a distant Earth-like world sometime in the future.
Earth colonies have been set up across the planet, but a mysterious event ten years previously has wiped out all technology. We are introduced to Tanya, one of the small group of children born on this planet, who have never seen any of the technological wonders that their parents once took for granted.
The comic is a memoir, narrated by Tanya, and it details what happens when she witnesses a glowing object shooting across the sky. She is an artistic 14-year-old who lives in New Frontier, a small island off the coast of a vast continent, which is the capital of the district.
Volume One focuses on Tanya’s relationship with her best friend Licorice and with Tanya’s mother Clarissa. Licorice is adventurous, rebellious, and obsessed with the native culture. Clarissa has been bed-ridden for years, due to some traumatic event that happened when Tanya was a baby. When Tanya comes across a substance that seems to cure her, their relationship takes a strange turn.
Subsequent events lead Tanya to believe that the object she saw in the sky was actually the orbiting Mother Ship plummeting into the interior. Thus, with her knowledge of where the ship might have crashed, an expedition is organized, in the hopes that they might find something in the remains of the ship that would help bring back their lost technology.