In mid 19th century Louisiana, Sidonie is left with Adelis, a former slave and midwife to care for her after her own mother dies. The two share a peculiar gift – the ability to communicate with the dead and form a bond. When Sidonie’s father returns to see that his daughter is married off to a wealthy Creole planter, she rebels. She meets Gabriel St. Martin, free black, who lives on a neighboring plantation when he requires Adelis’s skills to help his mother deliver yet another child. The two develop a passionate and forbidden relationship that could literally cost them both their very lives.