The Sneetches are a race of odd, yellow birds who live on a beach. Star-bellied Sneetches are part of the "in crowd", while plain-bellied Sneetches are shunned and consequently mopey. Later they become friends with the help of Sylvester McMonkey McBean and his "fix it up chappie" that could remove or add a star to the stomach of a sneetch. But after all their money is spent they discovered that a star bellied sneetch wasn't any better than any other non-star bellied sneetch. So all the sneetches bond together in a whole society where a non-star bellied sneetch has the same rights to activities and the community as any other sneetch.