felt like he lived in an aquarium. Like he was circling
eastern Canada waiting for a bored child to tap on the
glass. Under such scrutiny, his plans were a temptation
to the fates instead of a way to define his possible future.
He tried to keep his hand firmly on the tiller, but sudden
rocks under the hull, treacherous currents, or cross breezes,
constantly seemed to shift his course.
decided he would change that when he began to fix an abandoned
wreck of a boat near the marina. Once it was seaworthy,
he would be Joshua Slocum sailing around the world, and
the adventures he would wrote in his cramped journal would
expand until all the books in his village library could
not contain his endless travels. Months later, when the
boat was marginally closer to righting, he met Jennie
and like a rogue wave she turned him from his intended
beautiful, clumsy, bespectacled mermaid of a girl, she
was a confusing combination of rippled water and waves
thrown up by a storm. The touch of her body suggested
a horizon that no amount of sailing could have revealed,
and he felt like the curse he'd been under since the day
he was born had been lifted. Every tack has a reef, and
with his fears thumping against the solid planks of his
reality, he worried he would be cast adrift again, his
hull leaking and not a ship in sight. He gripped the tiller
and kept an eye on the water's surface.
at Sea: Landlocked
washing up on the Winnipeg shore, the arid Midwestern
soil kept Sam running in place. His old life behind him,
he cleaned his apartment for coins as his girlfriend took
away her rent-paying job. After she slammed the door,
only his cousin's offer of work kept him from his parents'
without qualifications, and surrounded by suspicious and
silent colleagues, Sam frantically fished through his
desk and paperwork, trying to lift anything into the light
which would explain where he was.
Amy showed up at his door, his initial reluctance to take
on crew softens. The mainsail could use an extra hand,
and he could sail through the night. Before long he is
working on parenting and keeping his head low for the
storm that is sure to drive him onto the rocks.
at Sea: On the Pacific
his retirement looming and the sea his only goal, Sam
could finally buy a boat. He would combine his pension
and his dream to sail around the world. But when he begins
to troll through the boatyards and docks he begins to
rethink his imagined future.
his wish to disappear at sea is a result of his background
of loss, for his past failures come roaring in upon him
the more he tries to escape.
boat life is not what he imagined, and he is once again
casting around looking for another option. His life on
the water leads him to others who live on the coast. Before
long he is building a float home while attempting to fix
the broken relationships in his life. Equally frightened
by the world, Leen helps him lift the timbers and install
the windows of this last chance at happiness.