Ferdinand grows up in a poor fisherman’s family. He has to quit school at an early age to start helping his father. There’s a war out on the ocean, and soon also a war on the shore. In a version of Norway that’s different than today’s, Ferdinand has to grow up and fight back.
It’s been three weeks since I turned twelve.
Dad says: Tomorrow’s the day. Tomorrow you’ll come with me out on the sea. From tomorrow on, you’re a fisherman.
I don’t sleep that night. I’m listening to their breathe. And when I’m sure that everyone’s asleep, I go out and hide in the log box. There’s not a whole lot inside of it. It’s still summertime. We barely make a fire. I used to hide here when we where younger and played hide-and-seek. No one ever found me.