Jeanne and her family are living in Terminal Island. Their dad is a fisherman.
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Jeanne's dad is suspected to be involved so the U.S. government takes him away to be questioned.
Jeanne and the rest of her large family are forced by the United States government to go to a camp called Manzanar. They travel to here via greyhound bus.
The family arrives in Manzanar and soon learns how bad their new living situation is. There are holes in the floor and ceiling of their barracks and the restrooms have no privacy. The food that is being served is not preferred either.
Jeanne's dad arrived in Manzanar after being found not guilty. He drinks all day and the family suffers from this.
The Japanese are released from Manzanar. Some of the family goes to New Jersey, while Jeanne and the rest return to California. They attempt to create a new start; however, the events at Manzanar will affect them for the rest of their lives.