This story starts in the late 1930's and continues on for two decades through World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Two sisters, May and Pearl come of age in affluence and comfort in Shanghai; the "Paris of the orient". Ill prepared, they are suddenly thrust into a hazardous and life defining escape from China during the Japanese invasion. After arriving at Angel Island in California as wives in arranged marriages to "paper sons" they are faced with multiple challenges, all the while living with a huge and dangerous secret. But this story is much more complex, it is also about the enduring love between sisters; age old traditions; difficulties that illegal aliens face; the definition of family and what it means to be an American. Simply wonderful.