The darkness envelopes everything.

At eleven years old, he may be training to be a career, but his heart lies with the ocean.

Even if he has to sneak out to avoid his watchful father.

He slips through shadows, to the beach on the north side of town. The poorer end.

Where he won't be recognised.

There's a girl on the beach, nervous, shifting her weight between her feet.

"You gonna jump in?" he asks.

She looks startled. "I can't swim."

"Just try. It's not that hard."

And then he leaves her with her coppery hair flying in the wind.