Zeina Abriached grew up in Beirut, Lebanon during a civil war. Bullets and mortars tearing through their streets are a normal part of everyday life. For their own safety the family has now moved into the only room in their apartment without windows, the foyer (entrance hall). In this tight space, a colorful cast of neighbors visits. They share food, stories, and company. The book focuses on a day that Zeina's parents have gone to visit her grandmother a few blocks away and get stuck their due to bombing. The neighbors watch out for the children and help them make it through the night.