A chronicle of the 2017–18 school year at a Chicago high school, a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric was at its height. The book follows teachers and administrators grappling with the everyday challenges facing many urban schools, and the complicated circumstances and unique education needs of refugee and immigrant children: Alejandro may be deported just days before he is scheduled to graduate; Shahina narrowly escapes an arranged marriage; and Belenge encounters gang turf wars he doesn’t understand.