Pi and his family, along with a large menagerie from the family zoo, are aboard the good ship Tsimtsum bound for Canada. Initially, all seems plain sailing, both literally and figuratively. But things take a turn for the worse, when four days out into the Pacific Ocean, the ship is lashed by a violent, terrifying storm. Some crew members throw Pi into a lifeboat, not however because they want to save him, but because they want to use him as food for the wild animals now falling into the water. Thankfully, Pi survives his ordeal, despite a zebra jumping into the lifeboat, which causes it to drop into the raging sea. But his parents are not so lucky. Santosh and Gina Patel go down with the ship, making Pi an orphan.