In the early spring of 1881, seventeen-year-old Molly returns home from Boston to find her brother Jake missing and presumed dead, and her mother out of her mind.
Twenty-year-old Jacob McCray left Grenada County, Mississippi in the fall of 1879. A young mulatto, hesitant to take on his sister’s fiery ways of handling life, he chooses to use his numbers-sense, music and poetic ways to get by. Still hurt and unsure of why his Pa left, Jacob searches for a better life for himself, his Ma and little sister Molly– who calls him Jake.
At some point in his journey, Jake encounters a Native American friend from his past, a curious White stranger, and a woman of ill- repute who turns out to be more than he could have ever imagined.