This is the story of Marguerite and her brother, Bailey, who were raised by their grandma and uncle after having being abandoned by their own parents.
With 8-years old, Marguerite suffers her first violent act by being raped.
The second part of this book describes how both brothers have grown up in San Francisco with World War II emerging in the meantime.
The whole book shows how racial segregation and racism have affected African-American people. Despite of this, Marguerite was able to find some sense to her life and started her adulthood in another perspective.