The story of a Puerto Rican family and their first months in New York City has its moments of sentiment as it idealizes hard times end turns them into new found well being. With Papa Torres already in the States, Pablo and the rest of his family fly to meet him, part of their fare being paid by a mysterious benefactor. Once settled in narrow quarters in the city, there are the predictable events: the Torres' must get used to winter; Pablo starts school and has some run-ins with a bully; opportunities for constructive leisure-time activities open up through a settlement house and the PAL. When the story ends, Pablo has found ""Mr. Pat"", their benefactor and a musician, and the new connection helps the boy carry on his own interest in music. A shallow story but not without inspirational value.