Hyong Bae Oh is a young boy from North Korea who moves with his mother to New York City. His mother, whom he calls Oma, opens a grocery store in Harlem, a suburb, next to New York City, and together they begin a new life and get to know many different kinds of people.
One day, Hyong Bae Oh meets a Black girl who is the same age as he is. Her name is Zoey, and they become good friends in spite of their differences. But Oma forbids Hyong Bae Oh from playing with Zoey because she is different from them. He is sad and lonely for months without his friend. And then one day something terrible happens; Oma gets very sick and must go to the hospital. Hyong Bae Oh sees Zoey and gets the chance to tell her what has happened. Will she and her mother be able to help Oma understand that people who are different still be friends?
In this children’s story, a Korean American boy and a Black girl become friends and help the adults in their lives learn an important lesson about overcoming differences.