Serena, at the age of thirteen leaves behind her home and her beloved
grandmother, Oma, on the colorful Caribbean island of Curaçao when her mother -ambitious, impulsive and emotionally unstable- takes her and her sister to the United States to pursue the American Dream. They drive from Miami to Hollywood, where their money and luck run out and a 1963 Ford Galaxie becomes their first American home. The narrative moves between seedy Hollywood in the 1970s and tropical Curaçao. The timeless wisdom of her grandmother becomes the compass by which Serena negotiates the complex journey of an immigrant and a young girl’s coming of age.