This is Ha and her family in Saigon. She has three brothers Brother Khoi, Brother Vu, and Brother Quang. They live their mother, after their father was taken away by Communists.
North and South and Vietnam are at war, and that puts Ha and her family in danger. North Vietnam wants to bring South Vietnam into Communism.
Father'a best-friend, Uncle Son, finds out Ha's home goes past the navy checkpoint and leads to where the port is. Uncle son tries to convince Mother to leave Vietnam.
Ha and her family are on a boat to a camp so they can choose where they want to go. They receive news that Saigon has been destroyed.
Ha and her family arrive in Alabama, United States, their new home. Ha isn't really impressed with the new home. She prefers her home in Saigon.
Mother comes back from work one day and reports that she lost her amethyst ring, a gift that Father have given her. The next day she says that Father is truly gone. A new year begins, and Ha and her family learn to move on.