Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. But her new classmates don’t make it easy, teasing her about virtually everything. The worst is Maxie, an African-American girl whose sassy attitude hides a painful secret. When Maxie takes things too far, their teacher assigns Maxie a paper on Drita and her journey to America from Kosovo. Suddenly, Maxie realizes she and Drita have more in common than she thought.