Chersheng is saddened by his grandfather's growing forgetfulness, a symptom of Alzheimer's disease, and struggles to find a way to help him. When his mother presents the boy with an old storycloth, stitched and embroidered in the Hmong tradition by his grandfather
who was in a refugee camp before his move to America, Cherseng learns more about his family history and is pleased that it revives memories in his grandfather of his earlier life in Laos. He decides to improvise an artwork of his own, and makes a collage of their family's story since coming to America, to share more recent memories with his grandfather and to help him cling on to his identity. The text is given in English and Hmong, and an afterword provides additional factual information.