Ten-year-old Hà lives in Saigon with her mother and brothers and prays for the well being of her father, whom she has never known. She looks forward to the riping of a papaya on her papaya tree in the yard. Life is not easy, but it can be understood. The Vietnam War causes Hà and her family to flee Saigon and immigrate to Alabama. A new culture and language face Hà and her family. Will she be able to adapt? Will bullies keep her from blooming in her new home? Read this novel written in verse to share in Hà's experiences, both familiar and foreign.