In the early 1970s, Deerhorn, Wisconsin, was very uniform. It caused quite a stir when 9 year old, half Japanese, Michelle, known as Mikey, went to live with her grandparents. She was bullied by her schoolmates who didn't care that her grandfather, Charlie, was one of the most respected men in town. And then a young professional black couple, a nurse and a teacher, moved to town, and folks kind of forgot about Michelle. Mikey treasured the moments she spent with her grandfather. She felt safe in his love and she knew that in spite of his prejudices, when he looked at her, he saw only his beloved granddaughter.
Then the situation begins to spin out of control, and Mikey, Charlie, and the black couple are caught up in a tempest of hate. This is a great story of determination and how to persevere.