383 p. ; 24 cm.
In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco's exclusive "Oriental" nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl, Helen is from a Chinese family in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, Ruby a Japanese woman passing as Chinese. The girls rely on each other for survival until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor causes Ruby to be betrayed and sent to an internment camp.