Violet has brown hair and brown eyes, while the rest of her family is blond. Her mother is white and her father, who passed away before she was born, was African American. She not only looks different from her family, but most of the other kids at school as well. Now that she has turned 11, Violet wants to learn about her African American heritage. Her journey and her meeting with her black grandmother are filled with joy as she grows and discovers her roots.