Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things is the story of the tragic death of an infant that leads the grieving parents to place blame. The white supremacist parents levy charges against a black nurse. However, when everyone tells their side of the story, the judge dismisses the case. Some of the main characters reach closure, but others are never able to accept who they are and what their lives have become. The main themes of the book are prejudice, acceptance, and the importance of appearances.