Mississippi riverboat

The literature of North America features the Mississippi riverboat Huckleberry Finn, Currier and Ives, Show Boat, and Alley Oop, for example, where hard-working poor on a trip to freedom and success drink too much and lose everything to hard-living gamblers. The chance of renewal that they forfit magnifies their struggle and heartbreak. Desperate hope persists on all sides as the river keeps rolling along.