After many more days, the boy saw a patch of green in the distance. He hoped that this was the oasis where the pharaoh's vineyard was. He would be able to find water and shade.

When he reached the oasis, he filled his water pouch and splashed his face with water. He asked the local people if they had seen his brother or a group of workers. But he could not find anyone who had see them.

He rested for a day, then thought about where he should go next. He had still not found any trace of his brother.

Should he join a passing caravan, or go back through the desert to the Faiyum?