It’s the middle of World War II. Lots of scary things are happening, like blackouts, air-raid drills, and newsreels of soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific. Ginger O’Flaherty worries about these things. But she also worries about her father being drafted into the army. So when her cousin, Mary Frances, comes from Chicago to live with Ginger’s big Irish family in a Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, Ginger hopes she can have fun with her cousin and forget about the war. How the girls get along—and don’t get along—and how they cope with their uncle’s death brings this story to its uplifting climax.