This is a story about two boys, Andri and Gempol. Andri is rich, educated but unhappy. Lonely and neglected by his parents, he befriends Gempol whose parents are too poor to send him to school. While Gempol yearns to go to school, Andri envies his freedom and parental love. Andri sneaks food, books, and money to Gempol while Gempol, in return, gives him friendship.
It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.
Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1920s.