Marie Carmelle is a sassy twelve year old girl from a small village called Nan Plasman near Galette Chambon. She lives with her parents and brother. Her parents are farmers and they sell what they grow in the local market. Sometimes they do well and other times not so well. It is very hard work for very little money. Marie Carmelle does enjoy going with her mother to market though. She thinks that when she grows up, she will either continue helping with the garden and market or she may try to become a teacher. For now, she just wants to be able to go to school.