Every year, Marley has tried — and failed — to work up the courage to go to the June Pride parade. They've heard from their grandparent Zaza how fun it is: "All our friends will be there. I can't wait to see the performing." But Marley is super sensitive to sensory overwhelm and keeps finding reasons not to go amid the noisy crowds. Zaza understands and always promises to bring them back something special.

This year, Marley wants more than ever to be there, because Zaza will be receiving an award for helping other transgender people in their community. Marley sits in a lotus posture, closes her eyes, repeats "I can do this" over and over, breathes in and out, and relaxes. Then they further strategize by packing essentials like their noise-cancelling headphones and their fidget spinner. With this preparation and Zaza's unfailing encouragement, Marley not only enjoys the parade's magic but also makes new friends.

Author Joëlle Retener explains in an Author's Note that Pride is a very special time for them as a Black nonbinary person. "I wrote this book to highlight all the joy and beauty that come with being Black and queer. I also wanted to remind people that there's no right or wrong way to celebrate Pride." Following the story, they include four pages of valuable end notes for three-to-nine-year-old readers on these topics:

  • What is LGBTQIA+?
  • What does "queer" mean?
  • How do Marley and Zaza identify?
  • What is gender identity?
  • What is a pronoun?
  • What does general neutral mean?
  • How do you use a gender-neutral pronoun?
  • What if you don't like parades?

They also include a brief history of Pride and a guide to the eleven Pride-related flags that illustrator DeAnn Wiley has scattered throughout the pictures.

Wiley explains that she wanted "a big, bold palette and busy patterns to portray the excitement of Pride season — but also wanted to show how easy it is to get overstimulated." Her background as a therapist helped her portray Marley with depth and sensitivity.