Mildred Dunlap has always been too tall, overweight and heavy featured, she has resigned herself to being an old maid. The daughter of the richest man in the area has set her up for ridicule and gossip. But Mildred's spirit is indomitable. She remains kind and steadfast.
Edra is Midlred's cousin and best friend. A traumatic even when she was a child, has left her frightened and vulnerable.