Grace 被指派裁決他們是否有資格進入這個國家，而種種證據都對 Mahindan 不利，他為了籌得離開斯里蘭卡的資金而採取的絕望舉動，可能導致他和他的兒子失去被庇護的機會……。
啟發自 2010 年的陽海號貨輪（MV Sun Sea）一案，Sharon Bala 透過 Mahindan 與他的辯護團隊成員、第二代斯里蘭卡裔移民 Priya，以及審判者，身為第三代日僑的 Grace 的不同視角，構築出這部引人入勝的小說，深刻呈現了當今的難民處境，充滿令人揪心的張力。（文 / 博客來編譯）
Globe and Mail bestseller, The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism
When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks—and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada’s national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son’s chance for asylum.
Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer, Priya, a second-generation Sri Lankan Canadian who reluctantly represents the refugees; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate as evidence mounts against him, The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis.