In the summer of 1963, most people in West Chester, Pennsylvania, are celebrating with Hula-Hoops, Dairy Queen treats, and fireworks. Kofi Roundtree and his cousins are chasing after fireflies in the dark, hoping to gain a magic wish. Kofi and his family are very poor, so wishes are the refuge that leads to dreams.
Unusual events begin to suggest that Kofi, a boy of deep faith and imagination, may have some of his wishes granted. Some of the granted wishes seem to emerge from coincidence and happenstance, some of them involve the loving involvement of family members, and some can only be linked to a benevolent, unseen force. What happens to this poor boy from the rural meadows of Pennsylvania to change his life forever?