This is a heartwarming and magical book. It can change the way you view things. Mila Tang has immigrated from China with her Mom and Dad. They were living in extremely hard conditions when they happened to see jobs for a motel with free rent! Mr. Yao, he seemed friendly at first however as the days went on he revealed his cold self to Mila and her family. Starting first that he would not give money for cleaning the weeklies's rooms, though he never mentioned about it. All he said was 5 dollars for each room. However the Tangs have no choice but to work there. Mila attends the front desk, where scary things happen, she accidentally let's in a drunk guest and she gets hurt, mostly on the inside. Also the Tangs are hiding immigrants in a room and if that's discovered they are doomed. Mila finds out that Jason likes her and in the end learns that he is not that bad. Mila also has a best friend Lupe and she is from mexico. She gives Mila hope and friendship and is a true loyal friend. First they have a friendship made of lies then both realize that both of them have been telling lies! So, they confess and a true heart of friendship is born! On this rollar coaster are they going to survive the twists and turns? Or are they going to get drowned? This is a must read book for sure, awesome!!!!!!!