Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove is a black girl who is ridiculed by friends and family for her looks. She prays to be a white girl with blue eyes: so that she will be beautiful. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.