LOVED this book!! The story is based on the true event that took place in the 1800's where people in Hawaii, that contracted Leprosy were forced to live segregated on Kalaupapa. People of all ages from children on up were taken from their families. The little girl in the book, at 6yo contracted Leprosy and was taken to Kalaupapa. The story tells about her life, the people that took care of her, the nuns, her friends and her loves. The story is not sad all the way through, there were some happy parts and funny parts. A wonderful story that I highly recommend.