The setting for this book is Pilotville, Louisiana and the time period is 1927. The main character, Reverend Hale Poser, comes to this town looking for his roots – he was raised in an orphanage and has recently learned his home town is Pilotville. He has come there for answers but instead he is drawn into a mystery…a kidnapping of an infant. As he looks for the baby he stumbles upon a hidden plantation with a terrible secret. As he learns more about Pilotville and the inhabitants he discovers who he is and why he has returned.
The story takes you back to Mississippi, the year is 1955 when segregation and prejudice still reign. You are introduced to the Johnson family and the Cuthbert family – the Johnsons are black, the Cuthbert whites. An incident between them ignites a revolution for the blacks in Money, Mississippi that will forever change the way people are treated in this city.
The story has multiple main characters with Margaret and Vida being the top two. Their lives come together when Vida writes Margaret a letter telling Margaret she has been chosen to write her life story. Uncertain at first, Margaret decides to accept this offer and travels to Vida’s estate.