It's the summer of 1941 and all ten-year-old Nilda wants to do is enjoy the cool water with her friends. She is repeatedly treated with contempt and even disgust by adults in positions of authority including teachers, nurses and social workers. At home, though, she is surrounded by a large and loving family that supports and encourages her artistic abilities. She experiences the onset of World War II and watches anxiously as several brothers go off to war. This coming of age novel offers a glimpse into one girl’s experience of life as an immigrant in New York City.