It is a journey seeking for a brighter future, the one Musa Darboe faces along the migrants’ routes: from the dirt roads of a Gambian village to those traced by pick-up trucks on the sands of the Sahara, from the horror of Libyan lagers to the drama of the barges crossing the Mediterranean Sea. In Italy his journey turned into a story of integration, hospitality and acceptance, marked by a strong commitment to voluntary work and the social life of a town in Le Marche region. Today he lives in Sweden, where he intended to resume his studies to become a lawyer. Driven by the desire to achieve his dreams, Musa overcame difficult moments and accomplished ever more ambitious goals, transforming pain into strength and fear into love. With extraordinary sensitivity, Francesco Moglianesi has collected his memories and written stories, transforming the chronicle of a life into a universal narration enriched with poetic and literary moments. “The first drop” is a novel that gives hope, like the rainy season that wets the earth with the promise of life.