Odinal is an energetic little eight year old from the village of Dal Gros who lives with his mother, father, two sisters, and two brothers. His mother is a cook at the school, and his father carries bags of rice to people at their homes and gets paid for it. They don’t make much money, but it is enough to feed the family. They don’t have property of their own, so they rent their home from a local farmer. Their rent takes up most of the money his parents make. He is thankful that they were able to save enough to pay for his school this year as well as a uniform, but he is always afraid each year that they won’t have enough. He wants a sponsor so he doesn’t have to worry about whether or not he will be able to go to school another year. In his free time, Odinal likes to play with his friends. He loves it when the Americans walk through the village and visit his house. His favorite subject in school is history and he is not sure what he wants to do when he grows up. For now, he just loves to play in his village.