A California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's parents think the trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, Vietnamese culture is theirroots, not her own. Vietnam is hot and smelly and the last place she wants to be. Apart from barely speaking the language, she doesn't know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.