What if as a young girl you were forced to marry a much older sadistic, wealthy man with a surprising deathbed wish?
Or what if you were a beautiful, ambitious girl whose only hope of freedom and a life of luxury was to become the mistress of your master’s son?
And still, what if you were just a quiet, unassuming girl in this slave society who was thrust into the center of all the dark secrets, rivalry, and deception that unfolds?
Three women—so very different but carrying dark secrets that are closely intertwined. A sadistic husband, while seeking revenge, having just found out a shameful truth, launches them into a world of deception, betrayal, conspiracy, and rivalry. Marissa, the lady of a grand plantation. Lolley, the young woman who has always wanted to have Marissa’s life. And Shelby, the slave girl who becomes caught in the shocking drama that unfolds.
Having been in a loveless marriage to an older man, Marissa must find a way to deal with her husband’s decision to force her to marry his trusted employee after his death in order to keep their plantation running. And after learning that the master has also ordered her freed after his death, Lolley, who has always wanted Marissa’s life, pursues this goal by secretly becoming the mistress of Marissa’s son, Shane. But to keep her son and Lolley separated, Marissa sends Lolley to live with an affluent free black family in town, slave owners themselves who, along with their prudish slave, Shelby, seek to prevent Lolley from achieving her goals.
Will these three women ultimately be able to survive in this world between slave and free, a world which is becoming more fragile and precarious? And will they each be able to find real and lasting love along the way?
In this dark historical saga, you won’t be quite sure whom to root for!