Esperanza's Mom buys her a dress so she can go to her cousin's baptism. However she forgot to buy new dance shoes so she is forced to wear an ugly brown dress and turns down a dance from a boy at the baptism because of her shoes.
Esperanza makes a friend with a girl at school named Sally and wonders why she rubs her makeup off everyday before she goes home.
Esperanza gets embarrassed when she tries to save Sally from a group of boys who persuade to kiss them all in the garden. Sally didn't want to be rescued and tells Esperanza to go away and she leaves to cry in the garden.