In the beginning of the story we meet Milly. We soon figure out that Milly was adopted and she is very shy about her past and only a few people know about her adoption. We also figure out she has a box that has things from her past in it and when she gets nervous she gets a hand allergy.
Milly and her best friend Em find out that there is a new boy at school named Pablo that is from the country that Milly is from. Pablo and Milly meet, but Pablo knows Milly is not from here, when he asks her where she is from she tries to stay away from him, but he knows she is not from here.
As the story goes on Pablo and Milly get closer and Pablo finds out about Millys adoption. Pablo builds Millys confidence and encourages her to run for school office in her speech she tells the whole school about her adoption and now she feels more comfortable.
Their families get closer and Millys parents know the terrible things that are going on in Millys birth country and Pablos families country. Evetually the liberal party takes over their country and it makes a lot of things better. And eventually Millys parents agree to let Milly go on a trip with pablos family to their country.
When they arrive in the country Milly thinks it is beautiful. As Milly is there she discovers a lot of things about herself and here's about stories that could be related to her. She meets Pablos family and spends a lot of time in this coutry.
Towards the end of the story Pablo and Milly fall in love and Millys family flies out to her country. And at the end of the story Milly realizes that even though she didn't find her birth parents she found something just as important, love and the meaning of what family is.