Mama Wata is a goddess that provides Sierra Leone with riches. The waters of Goderich Bay (Freetown) have been blessed with an abundance of fish. Idrissa fishes in these waters and knows that, although the goddess looks over him, he must still battle against international commercial fishing boats, illegal fishing and drug traffickers using fishing boats. The fish provided by Mama Wata ensure that Memuna, a fish monger, can provide for her children. Saffie was left by her husband when she was 17 years old with two children; she has since been taken in by her neighbors. Suphie and Mustapha don’t have enough money to go to college and see emigration as one of their last options.