The last cherry blossom book is a story based on the writer's mother experience during WWII when she was twelve years old showing how kids during WWII lived their lives the best they could and the struggles other people had before and after the attacks.
Yuriko lives with her Papa, aunt Kimiko and cousin Genji, but later both adults get married. Yurko then discovers her Papa, who’s the owner of a newspaper and comes from a family with money, is not her father but her grandpa and her aunt is her real mother. At school Yuriko has an almost normal life with her best friend Machiko learning about ancestors and how to defend themselves.
While Yuriko is living her life, the outside is having rations of metal and food, people are sewing thousand-stitch