After having left Russia to live in freedom in Latvia, Sasha finds his adopted country increasing under threat of invasion from Hitler's growing war machine.
Having finished his education at Blackstone School, Red Fox writes letters to his friend, Ellen, who is traveling in Europe, as he prepares to return to his family on the Nebraska plains.
While working together on a school report about the 1960s, Aleesa and Kenneth are transported to March 1968, where they suddenly realize that the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. is only days away.
After being adopted by Michael's family and moving from Mexico to Dallas, Javier tries to adapt to life in the United States but realizes he misses his old life in Vera Cruz, Mexico.
When the secret that Patrick can't read comes to light, he begins to conquer his learning disability using his imagination and interest in race cars.
While spending the summer on his grandparents' Texas cotton farm, Michael sees a teenage boy on the other side of the Rio Grande in Mexico. He starts to write letters to Javier, and then helps him cross the river to come into the United States.
Embarrassed by his father's deafness and bullied by kids at school, P.J. Ramos finds strength in a new friendship, a chessboard, and an army of tiny soldiers.