Celie is a young African American girl who has 2 children. The father of her kids was her own father. Celie has a sister Nettie who Mr._ ends up trying to take advantage of.
Celie life is miserable with the situation she's in. She meets a lady named Shug. Shug becomes celie's bestfriend and she falls in love with her.
Shug helps Celie find her own voice. She tries to give her knowledge about stopping Mr._ from beating her. Celie goes to visit Harpo's wife Sofia in jail.
Celie and Shug go into Mr._'s room where they find all the letters he's been keeping away from Celie from Nettie. Celie find out that her children are in Africa and are being taken care of by missionaries. Her sister Nettie has gotten married.
Celie starts her own pants business to symbolize women's rights. Makin the pants showed her true happiness.
Shug leaves the land where Celie is at, but comes back a little later. While shes gone Celie and Mr._ live a decent life. Her brother and his wife get back together. Celie finally finds happiness in her life.