Kim Ha Ha is a little girl that lives in Vietnam with her family. One of Kims very best friends has a way to leave Vietnam and so her family decides to escape the Vietnam war. Kim and her family are very sad because they are one of the only families left in there town.
Kim, her brothers Quang, Khoi, and Vu and her mother are celebrating Tet. During Tet they celebrate Kims fathers death. He dies fighting in the Vietnam War. They also decide they want to go to the United Stated and escape the war.
They board a not so nice boat with hundreds and thousands of people. They get a few meals a day. One of her brothers keeps a bird in his pocket and it makes him smell really bad and everyone complains. They don't get lots of sleep because the sleeping situation is really bad.
Kim and her family arrive in the U.S. and they feel good about being in a safer place. They are all thinking about the life they will have in the U.S. The kids feel hope about there father in Vietnam and there mother is still coping with the supposed death. They then meet the family they are going to live with.
The family meets Mr. and Mrs. Washington the couple they are going to stay with. Kim and her brother learn about going to school and getting jobs. Kim's mom feels like her and her family are a burden to the Washington's. Mrs. Washington does not care for Kim and her family she is very rude and not a happy person. On the other hand Mr. Washington is a very nice, loving person. Kim is very happy to have him in her life.
can move on.Kim and her family move in and they are kind of happy with everything. Mr. and Mrs. Washington give them gifts that mean a lot to everyone. Kim gets a thoughtful gift and the family learns that there father has actually passed away and not missing. The family then gets closure and can move on.