Elphaba is born in a small Munchkin village. Everyone hates her because she is green. She has a hard childhood but loves her younger sister Nessarose (who is in a wheelchair) very much.
When Elphaba and Nessa grow up, they attended college at the prestigious Shiz University. Elphaba is ridiculed because of her skin. She meets popular girl Glinda. The headmistress of the school is impressed with Elphaba's magic ability.
A few weeks into school the arrival of Fiyero, a prince, stirs up drama when Glinda meets him. They immediately arrange a party.