Fertile land

The boy stood at the edge of the lake. He looked out over the water and the surrounding land. He could see the freshly planted fields surrounded by irrigation trenches.

A man passing by told him about a group of men who had gone to plant crops out at an oasis.

It would be a long, difficult journey across the desert, but maybe his brother was one of those men.

Should he go out into the desert, or get on a boat to go back to the Nile?