Isabel tried to convince Senor Castillos to take them on the ship and he finally gave in when she told him that she could get gasoline for the boat
My father was almost arrested, If you don't take us with you, they'll throw him in prison.
There's no room. And we don't need a fugitive on board.
The Castillos and Isabel's family were on their way to Florida, but experiencing some problems with the boat.
The shark attack happened and Iván died
They finally made it to Miami
THEME: DETERMINATIONEven after all of the bad stuff had happened (Iván dying, the Coast Guard ship trying to catch them, Lito jumping into the water, their boat almost sinking, Isabel's mom having her baby while on the boat, ect.) they were still able to achieve their goal of making it to the United States.
The turning point was when Iván died because the reader most likely did not expect it. Plus the Castillos and Isabel's family was already having enough trouble with the boat and other stuff and him dying made it much worse. Everything about the trip got worse and worse after that as well.
Text Evidence:¨Iván was dead¨...¨Too Late. Another fine appeared, and another, and soon the nameless little boat was surrounded¨ (Gratz 209).