This well-written, gripping family saga tells the story of three generations, starting in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. A mother and her son travel across China, fleeing from the atrocities of the war. On the way the mother tells him stories while showing a scroll on which fables are depicted. The journey ends in Taiwan. In the next part we follow the son to the United States, where he goes for graduate studies, marries and gets a daughter. The final part is about the daughter growing up in search of her identity: Chinese or American? She wants to know more about her father's past, but he is not able to tell her because his memories are too painful. It was a great pleasure reading this book because the author manages to draw such a vivid picture that it feels as if you yourself are part of the story.