This novel is a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish a nineteen-year-old girl in love with Fonny a young sculptor who is the father of her child the story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name and as they face an uncertain future the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions: affection despair and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined the author has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.