Itas 1921 and ten-year-old Tula Palestes, daughter of Greek immigrants, lives in the slum area of Chicago and dreams of becoming a teacher. Her father dies suddenly and Tula is thrust into marriage to an older man when she is fourteen years old. Her mission is to save the family. Her dream? Lost forever? Tulaas godfather, Ondoni, who rises in the ranks of Chicagoas crime circle to a position of authority, encourages Tula to strive for her goalato teach. But Ondoni is the family outcast, and Tulaas mother forbids her to associate with him. Trapped between her familyas needs and the shadow of Ondonias sordid life, Tula learns an astonishing number of truths about little Greek girls who are forced to grow up too soon, marry, and bear children. Daughter of Immigrants is about a young Greek girlas conscience, and how it cuts through and reveals the naked truths.