After an accident that eventually takes the life of her mother, Billie Jo is in constant pain from the burns that have been inflicted onto her hands. She can't play the piano anymore or climb trees without being in excruciating pain. Her father can't even look at her hands because they remind him of what happened to Mrs. Kelby. Billie Jo must work through the pain to do what makes her and everyone around her happy, and that is to play. She will always live with the scars.