Brother depends on her,
neither can depend on Father,
Survival only or education, too?
At 14, Nia must be grown-up before her time, running the family food cart to support her little brother in the Jakarta slums instead of continuing in school.
Mama’s Javanese folktales stopped when she died giving birth to Rudi, but Nia remembers and writes them down, to her teacher’s delight, adding to Dewi Kadita‘s adventures as Queen of the Southern Sea.
Father now drinks away their money, and Nia must work their banana-fritter cart alone – can she earn enough to pay rent and feed Rudi? Could she save a little toward high school registration?
When she survives a minibus accident, Oskar the tailor proclaims it a miracle and tells customers that Nia’s banana fritters must bring good luck – is it okay to charge more for fritters now?
Mama still tells her stories in dreams and Nia writes when she can – will she ever have time for herself?
Wait, what wild promise did her father make this time?
In the face of poverty and societal pressure, Nia stands strong for her own dreams, for now…
When have you stood up for yourself when others couldn’t see your plans?