Eleanora is a African American in the 1960's. Segregation was still a large part of the culture, and she lives with her uncle because her mom cannot take care of her.
"Sitting front-row center at the colored theater."(Weatherford 42)
Eleanora drops out of school due to her fighting many students, and not doing to well academically. As a result, she ends up getting sent to a church with nuns to be "corrected".
To make some extra money after being sent to the church, she goes around different blocks to see if anyone would like their doorsteps cleaned.
"That's where I walked in. The going rate for scrubbing steps was five cents. I figured I could double my money if I brought my own bucket and brush." (Weatherford 32)
Eleanora goes down a dark path and starts smoking weed. While she is high, she sings some tunes that she heard, and the people around her become silent to listen.
Eleanora holds a stable job busing tables and taking orders. While she does her job, she listens to the jazz players on stage, and the music draws her closer. The players on stage invite her to sing, and the crowd loves her voice.
Eleanora finally ends up traveling to several places around the nation for filling her dream at last.