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Eleven-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. He has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves his family, the fireside tales of his father's father, a girl named Ama, and, of course, swimming. He's hoping to finally prove himself in front of Ama and his friends in a swimming contest. But before this can take place, a festival comes to the villages of Upper and Lower Kwanta and Kofi's brother is chosen to represent Upper Kwanta in the wrestling contest. The match is over before it has barely begun, when a sudden death occurs. What happens next will send Kofi on a journey across land and sea, and away from everything he loves.