Nell Robinson, a beautiful, Africa-American 16-year-old girl, has been homeschooled her whole life, which has enabled her to travel all around South Carolina performing with her mother's Gospel singing group. They play at all the fancy, old country clubs of Charleston and surrounding Islands. It's made her family a great living, but has made her exactly no friends. That is, until she meets and falls in love with Monty Mills, the teenage son of Robert Mills, the biggest real estate developer in Charleston and lover of liberal causes. It's not until Nell and Monty come out with their relationship that the Robinsons and Mills have to confront and come to terms with their respective racism, which threatens not only Nell and Monty, but the entire community.