It's 1950, and October Brown is a novice schoolteacher in Wyandotte County, Kansas, far from friends and family and on her own for the first time. She falls deeply in love with an unhappily married handyman, James Wilson, but when October becomes pregnant, James ends their relationship and asks her not to have the baby. October decides to have the child, a son, whom she allows her married sister to adopt. What follows is the touching and heartfelt tale of a young woman's life-altering decision and its repercussions.
The Midwest, the flourishing of modern jazz, and the culture of segregation all form a compelling backdrop for this timeless and universal tale of one woman's battle to understand and master her own desires, and to embrace the responsibilities and promise of mature adulthood.