Nailer works on light crew--crawling into the deep paths on the ships beached in the Gulf and pulling copper wires to cell. His life is hard and he almost dies more than once. He is afraid of getting too big to continue this job as well.
He and his friend Pima save a girl, Nita, whose father is very wealthy. Nailer's dad wants to ransom her, but Nailer just wants to get her to safety. So they run away.
On the run, they don't know who to trust. They'll have to start somewhere to survive.
A pretty good dystopia--has everything you'd want, including a little social commentary. Action, adventure, and danger to keep things moving.