‘Why not?’ Manjiro asked.
‘Even if we should get home, you know very well you can’t be. You weren’t born into a samurai family. You were born a fisherman’s son, and you will be a fisherman, and any sons you have, they will also be fishermen. That is the way it is; that is the way it always has been; that is the way it will always be.'”
Fourteen-year-old Manjiro wants to be a samurai, but in nineteenth-century Japan, there is no changing one’s family job. Fishing is his destiny, even if he wishes for more. However, when Manjiro and his fishing mates are stranded on a deserted island, and then picked up by a whaling ship, he finds more adventure than he could have imagined. There is a great price, though: even though he will travel the seas and…
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