When Floella Benjamin first came to England from Trinidad in the early sixties she hadn't seen her parents for fifteen months. At first, the joy of being reunited with her mother left Floella too overwhelmed to care about the cold weather, and the noise and dirt of the traffic in London. Compared to this, Trinidad had been a paradise. But when she started school, Floella was shocked and upset by the taunting and rejection she faced. She soon realized that the only way to survive was to be twice as good as anyone else.