In this novel told in verse, ten-year-old Juanito Palomares moves from a rural life to San Francisco and San Diego in the late 1950s.
Juanito, his mother Lucha, and his elderly father Felipe, are a tiny family who, after years of working in the fields of California's Central Valley, move to San Francisco's Latin Mission District to live with relatives. Juanito longs to be in one place, rather than "going, going, going," and pines for the love of his often-absent father.
Through many changes of school and friends, he tries to balance the attraction of the street life with his Mexican family's wish for him to be a "good boy." This family story of growing up Latino will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.