Chapter 1: Do Good?
Chieko was determined to do good. As she walked into the fifth graders’ classroom on a hot summer day, her gaze swept her thirty-one classmates, and she felt deep down to her toes that today she would find someone to do a good deed for.
The day before she had read a terrible story of a girl who had no friends and who was bullied by her fellow students because of her freckles. In a desperate attempt to be accepted, the girl had undergone cosmetic surgery to have the freckles removed, but due to an allergic reaction to the anesthetic she had fallen ill. Chieko understood the heroine’s feelings completely. Why, she herself would do anything to be accepted.