Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960s Alabama. Their friendship ends, however, when Mary Elizabeth gets pregnant and Rene doesn't support her decision to keep the child and marry her boyfriend. 20years later, Mary Elizabeth is still living in Alabama with her husband as they struggle to make ends meet, and Rene is a successful attorney working in Washington. After her father's death, Rene moves back to her old hometown and catches up with Mary Elizabeth. As they resume their old friendship, they reminisce about old times and the events that occurred after their parting.