Upon the passing of her beloved grandmother, Melody Bennet receives startling instructions that she is to take the ashes of Grandmama Giselle to southern Louisiana. Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish. She finds herself blindly navigating the exotic, sometimes hostile environs of New Orleans and Bear Bayou, and immersed in a subculture based on an ancient West African religion. At this unexpected crossroad, she discovers new cultures and beliefs - and new dangers - and awakens to a new way of seeing the world and her role in it.
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When she is offered the opportunity to exhibit her artwork in a prestigious gallery in London, Natalie Sanders can't believe her luck. As she prepares for her trip, she in unaware that her movements are being followed by a mysterious man, intent on finding Natalie's connection to an ancient rosary with a mystical past. When events around her start to spin out of control, with lives in mortal danger, Natalie is thrown on an emotional roller coaster.
A mulatto boy, the offspring of a Hoxworth male and a young female slave whom he raped, is born two centuries prior and is the last surviving male heir. The prologue takes us back 60 years to the magnificent Hoxworth Castle near the city of New Orleans to witness the birth of a baby girl in the family's palatial birthing room. As the baby's skin rapidly begins to darken, the Hoxworths must one again deny their mixed ancestry.