Pamela had left Britain for the United States after devastating WWII family losses only to find herself a widowed mother a few years later; Jasmine was a five-year-old orphan when she came to New York from Taiwan; Marc survived two wars, one a victim and one as a participant, then emigrated to America.
They worked and studied hard; they visited other countries and learned about other cultures; they made friends with many. They built a library of happy memories and prepared to live a full life and to help the unfortunates, mainly children, who wanted to have a chance at life. They would not let life pass them by. They became a family.