Tipi is an artistic and adventurous ten-year-old girl living near the Mekong River in Laos. She loves to imagine the faraway things the river has seen. She also likes to draw and dance, and to help her father—a shadow puppet maker—tell the traditional stories of her culture.
When Tipi’s teacher enters their class in an art contest to win schoolbooks, Tipi’s determined to win the prize. But when she’s offered a change to travel, she has a choice to make. Will she be like the Mekong and visit far-off lands?