The port-city of Armada is made entirely of landlocked watercraft. It is ruled by a woman called the Admiral. The narrator describes the city follows: "All around, scattered on the ground like abandoned toys, are ships. Tiny tugboats and enormous tankers. Sleek yachts and broken freighters and even the snaggletoothed hulk of an old battleship. Sitting flat or with bellies flipped to the sky."