The boy climbed into the boat. The men picked up their oars and began rowing together. The strong current of the Nile would help carry the boat downstream, but the men would still have to row to keep a steady pace.

After many days and nights of travel, the boat reached a port. The boy heard one of the rowers say that the boat would be going on to the 'great lake' (the Faiyum). The goods going on to the Delta would need to be moved to another boat.

Should he stay on the boat and go to the Faiyum, or go further downstream to the Delta?