So begins the story of Maleeka Madison, a child burdened with the low self-esteem that many black girls face when they’re darker skinned. When Maleeka lays eyes on her new teacher, Miss Saunders, she encounters someone who, she feels, is worse off than she is. Miss Saunders’s skin, which is blotched with a rare skin condition comes to serve as a mirror to Maleeka’s struggle. Miss Saunders is tough – she doesn’t stand for the snickers and shouts that her students hurl at her. But can Maleeka stand up to tough-talking Charlese? Will she ever accept Caleb’s friendship, the unconditional acceptance he’s been showing her from the get-go? And how can she ever learn to love the skin she’s in?