The thirteen-year-old Quynh lives with his family in a simple hut on the riverside of a village in central Vietnam. It's rainy season, the time when their village is repeatedly flooded. To make matters worse, this area is filled with mines and bombs just below the ground. But this year, life can change for the family. A governmental program relocates their village to a new area. A lottery decides who gets the best spots on a safe hill. The family have drawn their luck. Still, building the new house will be a challenge for the entire family. Their meager resources, persistent rain and their superstitions hinder their plans. The village's most reputable fortune-teller advises them to wait until "the day of the cat" to have their groundbreaking. Yet the weather gets worse, and time is short. They have a long road ahead, and only their courage, their optimism, and their belief keep them going.
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