Sumiko worked happily in her family's flower growing business in California when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Being a Japanese American, it was as if the bombs fell on her, too. Her life would never be the same again. Fearing the Japanese who lived within the United States to be an internal threat, the government began to round up, first, those born in Japan, and then, all others with Japanese heritage, regardless if thery were born in America, and regardless of age. Sumiko found herself and her family being uprooted from the only home she had ever known on a flower farm to a relocation center on an Indian Reservation in the Great Sonoran Desert.
Her cousin, Bull had said, "In the world of change, you accept the changes that can't be helped. You suffer so you can learn, and you learn so you can be a better person in your next life."
"And she realized that it had not been freedom that Jiichan came to America for, but the future. And not his future, but hers--the future of his unborn grandchild. That's why he had left Japan. He had loved her even before she was born."
This is her story ... the personal story of the horror of war that seeped in to change and destroy lives in every possible way. It is the story of Sumiko's struggle to make sense of her world and to rebuild with new friends.
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