In Ashes of Roses, a teenage girl comes into America at Ellis Island from Ireland like thousands of others. America represents her new life and new freedom. Only one problem – her baby brother is sick and isn’t let into America. So, her dad and her baby brother go back to Ireland, leaving Rose and her sister and mom in America. Rose and her family stay with a family member who hates them. Rose learns to deal with it, but her mom goes back to Ireland leaving 16 year old Rose alone with her sister in an unfamiliar country that isn’t as she imagined. And that’s just the beginning!