Nina Moore's ivory skin and blue eyes make her stand out conspicuously in her African-American family, but until now, she has never had to wonder if she belonged.
The biracial daughter of a famous Black jazz musician (and a mystry white woman whose identity is her father's closely guarded secret), Nina Moore teaches at a private college in a small Arizona town where looking white presents privileges and burdens she struggles to make sense of.
After dumping Derrick, her colorstruck fiancé, Nina meets Ahmad, a recently released ex-con who is parenting his 5-year-old daughter alone. Nina falls for him and his adorable little girl--but Nina's white skin and blue eyes make her permanently off limits in Ahmad's mind.
As their friendship deepens, and the mystery of Ahmad's not-so-criminal past unfolds, he looks for a real sista to invite into his life and Nina uncovers some buried family secrets that loosen her hold on everything that has ever held her upright.