In Mississippi. A maid named Aibleens was a maid for miss leefolt. her job was to take care of the baby, Mae Mobly and do whatever miss leefolt ask her to do.
Skeeter Phelan, shes a 22 year old editor for the junior league. , As she returns home she find that her beloved maid and nanny, Constantine, has left and no one will tell her why.
Skeeter approaches Aibileen with the idea to write narratives from the point of view of 12 black maids. She agrees to do it. They meet in the evenings at Aibileen's house to write the book together as the town's struggles with race heat up all around them.