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Kofi, an eleven year-old boy from Ghana, lives only for his soccer team. He neglects his family, school work, and other responsibilities, until his grandfather undergoes cataract surgery to cure his blindness.
In 1993, Mitchard's husband, journalist Dan Allegretti, died of cancer. Despite the financial risks involved in raising five children on a freelance career, Mitchard continued her writing and finished several chapters of her first novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean", at an artists' colony. Viking bought the rights to the uncompleted novel for half a million dollars, and Mitchard soon sold the film rights as well. Mitchard moved with her five children to Madison, Wisconsin.
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Kofi, a city boy from Ghana who prefers to play soccer, must accompany his mother and his uncle, an American-trained doctor, to the family's home village, where they provide medical care and arrange for his grandfather to have cataract surgery.