Set in the Dominican Republic during the late 1950's or early 1960's. A young girl's father brings home a dog as a gift for her that he received as a gift. The mom (Mami) doesn't like the idea of having a dog.
I said no!
Mami absolutely does not want a dog. She calls it "trouble" and she argues that it will ruin her flowerbeds and break things in the house. She would much rather have visas so she could move her family back to the U.S. than a dog.
The young girl names her dog "Liberty." The family sets up a pen at the end of their yard for Liberty to stay in. Even though Liberty isn't the most behaved, the family becomes attached to him.
I miss Liberty...
Late one morning, the young girl found out that her family would be moving that night! Each child was only allowed one toy. The young girl wanted to bring Liberty, but Mami refused to let her.
I want to bring Liberty!
As the family was saying their goodbyes, one aunt told the young girl that she would see Liberty again in the U.S. The young girl thought that this was her hint to go let Liberty out, so she did.
Bye Liberty! I'll miss you!
That night, the family took off for the U.S. The reader never gets an answer whether the young girl every sees Liberty again, so they are left wondering what happened.