In Jackson’s gritty and haunting debut, when she was 9, Mary B. Addison, an African American, allegedly murdered a white infant she and her mother were babysitting. Because Mary kept quiet and said little in her defense, she was quickly convicted of the crime. She’s spent the better part of her life under lock and key and endures nonstop bullying from the staff and the girls at the all-female group home where she lives. Mary’s only escape is volunteering at a nursing home where she meets her boyfriend, Ted a fellow volunteer. Before there wasn’t a reason to set the record straight, but now she’s got Ted and their unborn child to think about. When the state threatens to take away her baby, Mary knows that her fate is in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most--her mother.