12-year-old Rosie is fiercely proud to be a Hawaiian American. Her little brother is learning to surf, and Rosie loves running barefoot through their Honolulu neighborhood. Then on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is bombed and everything changes. Rosie's parents, both of German descent but American citizens who had lived in Hawaii nearly all their lives, are immediately rounded up by the military. Interrogated as German spies, they are imprisoned, and all the family's possessions are seized. Within days Rosie and her brother are abandoned and homeless, until their beloved Aunt -- who was also rounded up but released, comes for them. Once idyllic lives of family and sunshine, are filled with darkness and discrimination as the children wait...and hope...for their parents’ safe return.