Purports to be the autobiography of the daughter of a woman who had been transported to Virginia for theft after her child's birth. The child is brought up in the house of the mayor of Colchester. The story relates her seduction, her marriages and liaisons, and her visit to Virginia.
Auntie Momma! Auntie Momma! Bernice dashed through the front door of the small frame house, panting and crying hysterically. Her pale green dress was soaked in perspiration on that hot Tennessee afternoon. A thin layer of rich red dirt clung to her bare feet and parts of her legs.