The next month, Henry turns thirteen and feels like he's more of an adult now. Nothing much happens for his birthday.
Things are grim at home. His father is still recovering from his stroke and is now confined to a wheelchair, plus he still hasn't forgiven Henry.
On top of that, Keiko hasn't written since leaving Camp Harmony. School is rough now, too, and Henry just wants to get to high school so he can be in a more integrated environment.
Henry looks so pathetic and sad whenever Sheldon sees him that his friend finally suggests they take a little trip to Idaho. It's a long way, but Sheldon tells him they can hop on a Greyhound bus and go visit Keiko.
At first Henry is uncertain, but then he thinks about how he's thirteen now and decides he can make his own decisions, separate from what his parents want.
He packs up a suitcase and heads out the door, telling his mother he'll be gone for a few days and that she shouldn't worry.
When Sheldon and Henry get off the bus, they're both a little nervous because they're the only people of color in sight.
Despite their initial concerns, they manage to find the camp and the visitors' room, which is completely filled. They're going to have to wait for some time to see Keiko.
After waiting for a whole six hours, Henry and Sheldon get up to leave since visiting hours are over. But then Henry hears a voice calling his name.
It's Keiko. She's standing in the rain and staring at him as though she can't believe that he's there. She wants to know what he's doing here.
He tells her he came to see her because their goodbye at Camp Harmony wasn't enough. Then he kisses her. It's his very first kiss, and it's a pretty romantic one at that.