It's 1859, and Lani, a Yoruba young lady, is torn from the safety of her village in West Africa by marauding men. - this debut novel puts a teenager's prospective on the antebellum South with an unusual choice for her existence or freedom. Lani and her mother, Toluwani, are brought to a Caribbean island where she quickly makes friends with Molayo and other girls who join together for protection and inspiration. Even though she is far from home, Lani is determined to perform an empowering dance from her native land. Ultimately, she's sold, settling in the piney woods of East Texas. Her journey, however, reveals a pathway to freedom in Mexico, hidden talent recognized, and unbelievable hope. On the plantation she must handle peer pressure, buru folks, bullying, and an unexpected surprise feeling of romance for Agibe, or Ben. When the opportunity for freedom is upon her, Lani learns of an impending fire. Should she let the plantation burn, stay and fight, or take this opportunity to run away? She must grow into a women filled with hope, African customs, Yoruba words, and will strengthen you in knowing your self worth, even today.