Kim Andrews shuts out her history teacher, who is telling the class about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She is thinking about her ancestors. Kim’s mother is American, but her father, who died before she was born, was Japanese. Realizing that she knows nothing about an important part of her heritage, the teenager embarks on a search for her father’s Japanese relatives in California.
Twelve-year-old Trevor Frederick Ackerman can't stand another summer with his confusing tangle of step-parents, step-brothers, and step-sisters. So instead, his mother sends him to a remote area of New England to stay with two elderly aunts. Despite his initial fears, Freddie finds that he is comfortable in the eccentric aunts' rambling house. Soon, he has made a new friend in the nearby village and, in a mysterious book, he discovers something surprising and wonderful.