Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern live with their father in New York. Their mother took off for California when Fern was just a baby. Now, six years later, the three sisters are going to California to visit the mother they barely know. When they get to Oakland, they figure out the woman who refers to herself as Nzila is not exactly mother. In the mornings she sends them to the free breakfast program ran by the black panthers. Here, they learn all about Black Power, black pride and standing up to "the man". This is a wonderful coming of age story about 3 sisters growing up during the late 60's
Delphine, Vonetta and Fern (Afua) are back with their dad in Brooklyn. But, surprise! Some changes have been happening while they were away visiting their mother in Oakland. Dad has a girlfriend who he is planning to marry is the main change and the girls are unsure how they feel about that.
Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are going back to their roots. This summer they are off to visit their grandmother, Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles in Alabama. Not only does Delphine learn surprising things about her family history, when tragedy strikes, she learns the importance of family bond.