The family’s original patriarch was a freed slave who was given 40 acres of land in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. With hard work and determination, he increased his holdings to 100 acres which were then passed down through the generations.
Today: Our story begins when the family’s current matriarch, Mrs. Catherine Dejoie, dowager of polite Louisiana society, dies. She left the entire estate to her estranged granddaughter Milla – but only if Milla comes home from her self-imposed 10-year exile to bury Catherine. Milla reluctantly leaves her life (and love) in France and returns to her ancestral home, a sprawling postbellum Southern mansion, and to her mother, Wilhelmina, a faded alcoholic debutante undone by the burden of bearing the family’s legacy. With the help of Louisa, the family’s cherished maid, the women begin to repair their relationship. However, their reconciliation grinds to a sudden halt when a long-held secret erupts during the funeral which sends the family spinning out of control.