Chapter 2 Down the coast of Africa For two long years I lived the life of a slave. I worked in the house and the garden, and every day I planned to escape, but it was never possible. I thought about it day and night. My master liked to go fishing in a little boat, and he always took me with him. A man called Moely, and a young boy also went with us. One day my master said to us, 'Some of my friends want to go fishing tomorrow. Get the boat ready.'