Once upon a time, there were Nazis...this story, however, has a happy ending and takes place in 1994.
Born in Paris, Laura Rue celebrated her first birthday on the day the Nazis invaded the city. Most of her family escaped, and as an adult in New York, Laura teaches seventh graders about the environment.
Shortly after her French grandfather dies, Laura's French grandmother, Simone, claims she is having repetitive dreams about an angel named Oleo, who insists that she and Laura must hire a captain to sail them around the world, so they can live happily ever after.
The angel Oleo is adamant that they go quickly in order to find adventure and love before it's too late for both of them. Laura, of course, refuses her dotty grandmother, claiming that what they will find is pirates, but grandmothers are pretty sneaky about getting their way...