This novel takes place in Sri Lanka were monsoons are frequent. Amrith who is fourteen is being raised by his Aunty Bundle, and Uncle Lucky. Amrith 's parent's both died in a motorcycle accident. Amrith thought his summer would be boring, but his cousin from Canada arrives, and activities begin. Niresh the cousin from Canada has many ideas for the cousin , and he to do. Amirith informs the cousin from Canada that most people in Sri Lanka have no washing machine, but must wash their clothes by hand. There's a woman that launders the family clothes once a week
The two cousins became closer than brothers. They wanted to be together all the time.
The cousins went to the beach one day on an outing to Kinross, where the sea had huge waves due to the monsoon. Not only were the waves huge, but the current was very dangerous. The boys were very cautious in swimming that day.
Throughout the novel it is written so the reader comprehends the differences between the social, and cultural customs.
Sri Lanka is a fairly foreign country to me. What I am trying to say is, I have never studied this country in depth. The novel is quite fascinanting once you read it.