Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South. Exiled for his own survival as a teenager, Elijah walks west to the Nebraska plains and, like other rootless young African-American men of that era, joins the U.S. Cavalry.
For the first time in his life, 24-year-old Stuart Jones wants to get serious about his lady. Now that Tiffany and her daughter, Angel, live with him, Stuart thinks that maybe it's time to pop the question. After all, at the mature age of 30, Tiffany is ready to settle down. There's just one small hurdle. Stuart must first introduce Tiffany to his family - his whole family, who just happens to have rented a house in South Carolina for a family reunion over Thanksgiving.
"Lmmfao! This should be a movie!"
Stuart has been married to Tiffany for five years now, and though they have their issues, he is full of unconditional love for his family. Last time it was his outrageous relatives they had to deal with, and now they're headed on a trip to visit Tiffany's family for Christmas. His stepdaughter, Angel, has grown into a rebellious teenager. Tiffany's parents are divorced but still living together, and their tendency to say exactly what they're thinking leads to some dramatic arguments.