From her apartment in the big city, Jenny writes a letter to her just-moved-away friend, Maria. She imagines an amazing journey. Her little boat, with its watermelon-colored sail and leopard carving, at last arrives at Maria's tropical home after many adventures.
At Christmas-Hanukkah time, a Christian woodcarver gives a carved angel to a young Jewish friend, who struggles with accepting the Christmas gift until he realizes that friendship means the same thing in any religion.
With the help of his grandmother, his dead father's best friend, and his own best friend, a math genius, ten-year-old Mickey prepares to compete in the most important pool championship of his life, despite his mother's reservations.