With her father, mother, brothers and sister, Ayla (11) goes on holiday to Sri Lanka. When she goes to the hotel room to get the towels, she notices that the sea is very high. At that moment everybody begins to scream and run and she is taken along by the tsunami. Going under, all she can think is: "I will survive, because otherwise my family will survive and I won't." Kalu, the fruit salesman from the beach, manages to get her out of the water in the end.
In this short documentary film by Wilma Ligthart, Ayla's experience is shown as an animation using Ayla's own drawings. Ayla was still traumatised and by far less extrovert than her sister and brothers. As Ayla is very fond of drawing, Wilma Ligthart, the director asked her if she was prepared to draw what had happened to her. She immediately agreed: "Actually I'm better at drawing than at talking."