"When I'm old enough," Master Thomas says as he tracks footprints across the floor Anamaria has just finished scrubbing, "I'm going to run away to sea. That's real freedom, no one to tell you what to do."
Master Thomas isn't looking where he's going as he follows his brother. Anamaria moves quickly to snatch her bucket out of his way before he trips. If he falls, she'll get a beating.
Anamaria is eleven, older than either one of them. She knows freedom only in theory, but she's determined to experience it for herself.
Some day, she'll run away to sea.