Tan tells the story of a man who leaves a dangerous city to cross an ocean and come to a new land. A wonderful odd confusing new land. He doesn't know the language or how appliances operate or anything. As he meets people, he learns, and he also learns how they came to this land.
He tells it not just in pictures, but in type of pictures -- small, large, opening up, closing down. It's amazingly lyrical and yet it's just pictures. Highly recommended.