It's the summer of 1968 and Joyce Ann is desperate to escape -not only from her older sister Elaine and her noisy pet guineas pig, Jelly Bean - but also from the sadness that has filled her house since her brother Bud left. Bud is a world away fighting a war in a place called Vietnam and now he’s missing, even the government can't find him.
Joyce comes up with the perfect plan to find some peace - she'll camp out on the roof of their house! While on the roof Joyce is able to keep an eye on the neighborhood and it's there that she discovers another roof dweller! Brian has his own reasons for being on the roof, yet he too is excited to see Joyce Ann. Joyce is determined to not not only meet Brian, but become his friend and help him realize his dream. Unfortunately, along the way the unthinkable happens and threatens to tear apart her plans. Will Joyce be able to make everything “OK” again, or can some things simply never be fixed?