Eleven-year-old Jacques s mother has passed away, his father is jobless and drinking again and his grandmother s bridal store is on the verge of going out of business. Plus he s under pressure from an older boy to join in some illegal activities. At least Jacques can look forward to the soccer season. After all, he s a shoe-in for captain. But the arrival of Somali refugees shakes up nearly everything in Jacques s Maine town, including the soccer team. So Jacques is surprised to find himself becoming friends with Kiki, a cheerful and strong-minded Somali immigrant. Despite their many differences they are able to help one another triumph over problems with friends, family and growing up."