Two eleven-year-old girls, Sarah Sue, white, and Princetta, black, live in a South Alabama town, during in 1944. Sarah Sue becomes friends with Princetta, the daughter of their black cook. Sarah Sue knows it is not suitable to have a colored girl for a friend, but for the first time, she begins to notice the difficulties of being black.
Sarah Sue dares anything for fun, instigating escapades that get both girls into trouble. She questions the wrongs of Princetta’s life and thinks customs can change. Eventually she comes to know, “Not as much separates blacks and whites as we thought.”