When recurrent nightmares of falling drive Denise to undergo hypnosis, she discovers she lived a previous life as Olivia Walters, the wife of a powerful plantation owner in South Carolina just prior to the Civil War. Sickened by her husband Byron's cruelty toward her and the slaves, Olivia finds solace in a budding friendship with her coach driver, Wilson. When friendship turns into love, however, Olivia and Wilson are faced with decisions that affect their very lives. Above all else, Wilson longs to be free, and Olivia is forced to choose her path in a society where the lines of color are deeply etched. As Denise re-lives Olivia's journey from the moss-draped oaks of Chesterfield Plantation to the frantic streets of Charleston during South Carolina's secession, it becomes hard to tell where Olivia's life ends and hers begins. She knows that if she's not careful, history will repeat itself.