Kasienka (the narrator) and her mother leave Gdansk Glowny, their hometown in Poland to Coventry, England. They follow their Tata ( the father) who abandoned them to the UK three years ago. They go through the pain and struggle of migration.
Kasienka and her mother become refugees. They arrive England with only one bulging laundry bag, a suitcase and little English. They live in a single room overlooking Coventry ring road. The mother starts working at a hospital as a cleaner for the time being.
Kasienka is enrolled into a public school. She is bullied by Claire and her friends who exclude her from lunchtime and start rumors about her culture and traditions. They call her a ‘polish lesbian’. Kasienka is distressed and suffers from depression. Konoro who works with her mother and lives in a room next to them is the person she finds to express her inner feelings and thoughts to. He helps her face bullying at school and being a foreigner and refugee in a strange country.
Kasienka’s mother has a furious determination to find her husband. She looks for him all around Coventry, street by street, building by building. Her determination distracts her from caring about her daughter. Moreover, the mother feels abandoned, lonely, and despondent. Further, Konoo leaves to London to work as a doctor there.
"TATA" If found please contact 07668789
Tata If found please contact 07668789
The mother has not found Tata. However, Kasienka finds her only escape from reality, swimming. She starts illustrating her emotions and skills through swimming. Also, she meets her first English friend who swims into her life. They fall in love with each other. She realizes how water can be a weight or an energizing and refreshing power.
Finally, Kasienka meets her Tata again. She realizes that her dad has abandoned her and escaped to build a new family and life they are no longer part of. On the other hand, Konoro comes back to live next to Kasienka and her mother’s room.He teaches Kasienka how to deal with the harsh truth about her dad and how to handle her grief and sorrow. Konoro and the mother also build a friendly bond together. Kasienka and her mother are trying to forget about their sufferings and misery they went through. They think about their new lifestyle.