Even as a young boy in 11th-century China, it was clear that Su Shih was special. After finding a rare inkstone, he began to write stories and verses expressing his love of the natural world. His words flowed effortlessly, his brush danced across the paper. Su Shih grew up to become a leading scholar and statesman, eventually taking the name Su Dongpo. He promoted justice and condemned corruption - often at his own peril. Su Dongpo's life transcends the ages and is a shining example of dignity, ingenuity, courage and resilience.