This book starts off in the early nineteenth century, in Charleston, South Carolina. It follows the story of two girls, Hetty "Handful" Grimke, who is an urban slave in the Grimke household, and Sarah Grimke who is given ownership of Hetty as a gift on her eleventh birthday. Their stories are told over the next thirty five years, as each girl strives for their own independence and shape each other's lives. The book has an exciting climax that keeps you invested the story, and is sure to impact you in a powerful way. The characters are unforgettable.