The boy jumped over the side of the boat and swam ashore. He crawled up the river bank and rested on a large rock.
Later, he got up and looked at the barren land around him. It was mostly desert, hills and huge cliffs. The boy shielded his eyes from the bright glare of the sun.
On the boat he was told that some sailors joined expeditions into the desert and to the quarries. Perhaps his brother would be one of them. It would be a long, difficult journey into the desert, but maybe it would be worth it...
Should he go to the desert or go downstream?