Johanna is a typical teenage girl growing up in the heartland of America, in a "Christian" home. She has found a dynamic Christian friend, Kelly, who is planning on going on a short-term mission trip to Haiti with Maranatha Missions. Johanna has visited Kelly's church, and the two girls have decided to sponsor girls named Yolhne and Mirline in Haiti. In the meantime Yolhne has been on the waiting list for months to be sponsored, so she can go to school near her small village in rural Haiti. Yolhne's brother, Charles, has been exposed to the Gospel and has a close brush with death. The book examines cross-cultural issues involved with life in two very different cultures: a rural Midwestern American setting, and a North Central Haiti setting, and the parallel lives of the characters day-by-day.