Sam, the river rat, dreams of going to sea. Day and night, whatever he is doing, his thoughts turn seawards. His neighbours are sceptical, "You'll be swallowed by a shark," they warn. By spring his boat is ready and Sam sets off on his voyage. Written in lyrical prose by Phyllis Root and with bright bold colourful pictures, this book is the story of a river rat who follows his heart and realizes his dreams.