Crossing The Atlantic Story Detail
Amid much celebration, the Esperanza departs on its five month journey to the New World. Esteban and Zia discover that they wear identical medallions. Mendoza discovers the poor state of the ship. Esteban becomes seasick, and he and Zia are discovered by Gaspard, Captain of the Guard. He tries to throw them overboard but is thwarted by Mendoza, who points out that Zia's presence was known to the ship's Captain Perez and his associate Commander Gomez, and that Esteban's reputation as Child of the Sun makes him too valuable to lose, especially considering the poor condition of the ship. The children are placed in Mendoza's care. When waking up on deck late that night (after a very nicely-executed dream sequence), Esteban overhears Gomez telling Gaspard how they need Zia to help them find the Cities of Gold, and that the too-clever Mendoza can be disposed of once he has navigated them through the dreaded Straits of Magellan. After encounters with whales and butterflies, the ship approaches the treacherous storm-swept straits.
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