Young Greek-American teenager, from a family steeped in the sponge diving industry of Tarpon Springs, Florida, has his doubts about carrying on the tradition. Even though there is a century of history, including his brother already being a sponge diver, he struggles with even the thought of making dives.
Under pressure from his grandmother, his family, and his ancestry, our hero begins to feel like he will never be able to decide – until he meets young, vibrant, WASP, and fully-American tourist. No not tourist….
Torn between traditional expectations, modern views, and a decidedly not Greek girl, our hero begins to ask himself, “Who wants to be Greek?”
Set before and during the traditional Greek Orthodox celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany, this coming of age tale dives into the traditional lives of the residents of this secluded, idyllic community in Southern Florida and resurfaces with a rich harvest of what it means to be a Greek-American in the computer age. Entwined in the story are descriptions of what it is to be a Tarpon Springs Greek – the religion, the family values, the traditions…and – of course, the dancing!