As Journey to the River Sea begins, I am reminded of Sara Crewe in The Little Princess who finds herself stranded in an English boarding school after being orphaned. In 1910, Maia finds herself in the same predicament except that she is soon offered an exciting new future in Brazil. Apparently, she has relatives who own a rubber plantation on the Amazon river and her new cousins have written welcoming her to their family. Accompanied by a rather forbidding governess Miss Minton, she travels out to join the Carter family in Manaus and then her troubles begin. The Carters neglect and exploit Maia, merely taking her in for her parents’ legacy. Only Finn, a mysterious boy in a canoe offers her an escape. Setting out along the beautiful, colourful Amazon they seek out the Xanti tribe of Finn’s mother. Maia is able to use her musical talent and helps Finn to plan his future with the help of child actor Clovis. She is reunited with Miss Minton who cares deeply about her welfare and knows that she is now in her spiritual home.