A tale of two sisters and the summer that ends their childhood, set in 1960s Hong Kong and told through the eyes of a 12-year-old.
Kate and Frankie receive tapes from their father who is taking photographs of the war in Vietnam.
Then a day trip to a temple on Lantau Island turns into a journey so terrifying, that both girls instinctively keep silent about their experiences.
Frankie puts out for men in a defiant attempt to draw her parents to her.
On her 13th birthday, Kate has a chance to try to tell her father the terrible secrets she keeps.
Frankie is about to be taken from Hong Kong to boarding school in America, but is determined to be reunited with her father before she goes.