Set in the coastal town of Albany, Cetaphobia is a ghost story that traces the haunting of a married couple trouble by a whale spirit. The ambiguous spirit is an unsettling remnant of the port city’s once viable whaling industry. Its presence is awakened after the wife, who is a scrimshander, starts inscribing on the only remaining evidence of its life: a tooth. This action unleashes a dark and cetaceous force, which possesses the scrimshander and her husband. They are drawn back to the site of the Cheynes II, the sunken wreck of the whale chaser, where they are eventually overcome by an unknowable horror.