'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time'
When schoolteacher Tom Michell pulls a penguin from an oil slick off the coast of Uruguay he has no idea what to do.
Back at his apartment, Tom cleans him, but upon returning to the beach the penguin refuses to return to the ocean. Tom has one option- to smuggle the penguin over the Argentinian border to the prestigious boarding school Tom calls home.
There follows a heart-warming story of one remarkable penguin, who adapts to boarding school life. Whether it's as team mascot or swimming coach extraordinaire - Juan Salvador the penguin transforms the lives of all he meets.