The 1960s: Skeeter has just graduated and comes home to a sleepy town called Jackson, where nothing ever happens. She dreams about becoming a writer. Aibileen is 30 years older than Skeeter; she's the help in a white people's house, she's raised 17 white children and her heart is broken because of her son's death. Minny is the best cook in town, but she's very insolent. The two black helpers and the white girl unite to fight for justice and change the way they live.