When it was announced that the parochial schools in Louisiana were to be desegregated, ten-year-old Lullah Royall was happier than she'd ever been. Now she could attend St. Joseph's in French Grove, where her best friend, red-haired, blue-eyed Oralee Fleury, was already a student.
But Lullah's happiness was short lived. Her older sister Emma sensed trouble the minute the two ominous strangers appeared....and trouble was not long in coming. One by one all the students, Negro and white alike, deserted St. Joseph's, frightened away by the threat of violence. Lullah's subsequent decision and its far-reaching results make unforgettable reading.