What you do to children matters. And they might never forget. Sweetness wants to love her child Bride but she struggles to love her as a mother should. Bride now glamorous grown up ebony-black and panther-like wants to love her man Booker but she finds herself betrayed by a moment in her past a moment borne of a desperate burn for the love of her mother. Booker cannot fathom Bride’s depths with his own love-lorn past bending him out of shape. Can they find a way through the damage wrought on their blameless childhood souls to light and happiness free from pain? Toni Morrison’s fierce and provocative new novel exposes the damage adults wreak on children and how this echoes through the generations.