Jessilyn Lassiter no longer has to convince
people she’s not a child. Having just turned 19 in the
summer of 1938, her love for Luke Talley has never been more
real. And Luke is finally beginning to care for her in the
way she’s always dreamed of.
But their budding romance is interrupted when Tal
Pritchett—a young, black doctor—comes to Calloway, stealing
the heart of Jessilyn’s best friend, Gemma, and stirring up
the racial prejudice that has been simmering just beneath
the town’s surface.
The tension starts to bubble over when Jessie’s elderly
neighbor Miss Cleta becomes the first white townsperson to
accept Tal’s treatment.
And when a young black man is lynched, Calloway is brought
to its knees once again as Jessilyn realizes that her anger
can make her heart as full of hate as the klan members who
have terrorized her town and her family.