Ten-year-old Ha has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her family and friends close by. But when the Vietnam War reaches the gates of her home, Ha and her family are forced to flee. The journey onboard a refugee ship bound for America is hard – but nothing can prepare Ha for the strangeness of the country that greets them on the other side.

The language is impossible, the food is strange – and not all the locals are friendly. But amongst her struggles, Ha finds joy, friendship – and most of all, the power of hope, love and family.