Jean is a young girl who lives with her mother and goes to school at the British School. Once Jean reached Shanghai she learned that she would be staying with the Barretts and their son Fletcher. She was glad that she actually had a real family and a real life.
Jean loved to read the book The Courtship of Miles Standish her favorite character was Priscilla. Jean talked to Priscilla when she had a question, like what she thinks will become of this new place she is stepping foot onto.
Soon Jean started school in America she went to the Shanghai American School. When she started she met Paula, she said I happen to know your an MK, but you dont have to look like one. Paula then gives Jean the boyish bob the style that was in.
While Jean was on the boat she saw some of the highlights of the U.S. like the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. Jean was wondering why the children are so ignorant so she was afraid to tell everyone where she was from. She was so interested in how the real americans lived their life that she decided to write about them when she grew older and when someone asked where she was from she found myself smiling and said Wuhan, China.