It’s the 1960’s and early 70’s in a small town in the Deep South where Susanna Burton, a white girl whose traumatic home life is hidden behind her father’s power, finds a forbidden world of love and acceptance with a Negro family. She falls for Rodney Thibault, a colored boy who gives her the tenderness and warmth she’s never known, when anti-miscegenation laws are still in effect. Even after the supreme court rules against these laws in 1967, the KKK, other white supremacists, and Susie’s parents continue to enforce them. From teenagers to young adults, while the two are forced to go their separate ways, date people of their own race, and live apart, the one thing that keeps bringing them back together is the patriarch of the Negro family, Catfish, who becomes Susie’s surrogate grandfather.
How this unlikely pair navigates the white girl’s physical and emotional abuse and the black boy’s and his family’s encounters with the KKK, forms the character and inner strength these two young people need to finally take charge of their own destinies.