Moving to America turns Hà’s life inside out.
For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of itstraditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her veryown papaya tree.
But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà andher family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headedtoward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: thecoldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of itslandscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.