Accomplished adventurer and author Jon Bower master discovers a new Vietnam from the sea and guides an intimate tour of this intriguing country. More than a travelogue, Descending the Dragon is a personal look into the heart of this sea-loving nation, it's hopeful spirit and unique culture. Driven by his intense curiosity about post-1975 Vietnam and eager to replace the old war images burned in his mind with new ones of today, Bower master overcame daunting bureaucratic obstacles and pushed ahead with his expedition. Joining the expedition is Ngan Nguyen, whose family escaped Saigon by helicopter when she was three, on the last day of the war. She grew up in New Orleans speaking Vietnamese and has traveled back to her homeland many times. What she learned about her home country will change her forever.