* The readers are introduced to the Lee Family.
* Deck Lee is the black intellectual father.
* Sandy Lee is the white Boston Brahmin mother.
* Birdie Lee is Deck and Sandy's youngest daughter who looks white with her creamy skin and straight hair.
* Cole Lee is Deck and Sandy's oldest daughter who looks black with her milk chocolate skin and curly hair.
* The reader learns that Birdie feels lost because it seems that one day she was a happy black child in Roxbury, and the next day she became nobody.
* Birdie recalls fleeing from her home with her mother.
* Birdie remembers that when she stopped feeling like nobody, she became white.
Chapter 1 Face
* Birdie adores her older sister Cole, who has skin the color of creamed coffee and dark curly hair.
* Birdie speaks to her sister in a secret language they created, Elemeno.
* Birdie's mother begins to spend hours...
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