Rakkiaet and his family, who live and work on a canal. Rakkiaet goes to school by boat, his brother runs a water taxi, his mother does her shopping at the floating market, and his father sells food from his boat to families along the canal. Buddhist monks visit the family's dock each day before dawn to accept food the family has prepared for them.
We also visit 7-year-old Akeem in a community of Sea Gypsies on Thailand's southern coast. We see Akeem's mother caring for her newborn infant, follow Akeem to school, and go fishing with Akeem's father, who catches tropical fish for export.