The story begins as the Garcias are gathered to celebrate their one-year stay in America. They have a cake and each member of the family makes a wish, as it is common in the American culture to do so. Evidently, Carla has a difficult time adjusting and she voices her prayer and wish to go back home to the country where they emigrated from (Alvarez 56). Carla has limited understanding of the English language as it is indicated by the fact that she did not understand a warning against trespass in a fenced farmland. She related the word with trespasses in the Lords Prayer until her mother explained that some words have more than one meaning. Carla rides by bus to a different Catholic school from the one that her siblings attend.