The story is about an independent, poor, 10 year- old boy, Curly, who is eager to go fishing in the nearby river. What he hooks is unexpected. Although the story is fiction, certain aspects relate to the author’s own experiences.
The narrative is very descriptive and detailed and highlights his relationship with nature. The story suggests that loneliness can be overcome when one is close to nature, and that life experiences are journeys rather that destinations. One should not lose hope of fulfilling one’s dreams .