Madame Curie is the biography of Marie Sklodovska Curie, a Polish girl with a passion for knowledge who becomes a scientific genius. With her husband, Pierre, Marie studies radioactivity, discovers the element radium, and thus provides a means for treating cancer. Marie Curie values her country, family, work, and students. Her story shows how determination enables a timid person to overcome the hardships of poverty and oppression, and how gentle stubbornness and an indifference to honors and fame can lead to great achievements. Her life exemplifies scientific dedication and personal courage.