Young Tinh sits in the temple listening to the monks as they chant the Buddha's diamonds. "Your mother is a diamond." But Tinh longs to be outside playing. He doesn't have a sense that the Buddha's diamonds belong to him. The next morning Tinh is off to fish with his father leaving the younger boys to play on the beach. A storm rises and Tinh is afraid. The fishermen struggle with their boats but reach the land in time for two giant waves to rise up and roll onto shore pounding boats, houses and trees. so much is lost. Guava trees are ripped away. Rice is rotting in the moisture. Tingh searches his conscience achingly. Why didn't he help his sister? Why didn't he try to save the family boat? Will everyone starve? Are the Buddha's diamonds really there for him?