Cecile Rey can't wait for Mardi Gras- New Orleans' dazzling season of parties and costume balls. For the grandest of all, the Children's Ball, Cecile is determined to come up with a fantastic costume like no one else's. Everyone will notice her! But Mardi Gras season turns turns out to be even more exciting than she expects when she meets a new girl named Marie-Grace Gardner. Together they form an unlikely friendship and share a daring adventure. Find out more about the history of free people of color in New Orleans in the illustrated "Looking Back" essay featured at the end of the book.