Michel, a little boy from Hamburg, taller and smarter than all the other children,
is bitten by a fish and changes into a merman. In the early days of his new life in
the river Elbe, he feels lonely and confused. Bit by bit and with the help of Blanke
Hans, the King of the North Sea, he learns to decode the language of the ocean.
He discovers his ability to swim through time and in of those adventures he even
meets the great pirate Störtebeker. And then there is the encounter with Freya, the
A timeless fairytale of transformation and coming out of age, and an enchanting
reminder that you cannot enter the world of love alone. The Irish poet Terry
McDonagh has chosen his adopted Hamburg as the backdrop for the maritime
adventures of the little merman which are illustrated in an impressively vivid way
by Marc Barnes from New Zealand.