Chamaelle is a timid little three year old who is just now old enough to start school. She lives with her grandparents, mother, father, and sister in the village of Place Charles near Galette Chambon. Her mother works as a cook at the school and her father works as a share cropper on a farm. They are thankful to have work, but they still do not make much money. It is hard to feed the family and pay for school on their income because her grandparents are very old and they get sick a lot and have to go to the hospital. Chamaelle says that one day she wants to become a nurse when she grows up so she can help sick people like her grandparents. In the meantime, she likes to play with her friends and play in the dirt with her puppy.