Lillian Rose Atkins is tired. She's tired of picking cotton, serving as a maid in a hotel, and taking care of her younger cousins. So when she receives an invitation from the mother she hasn't seen in ten years to move to Chicago and take part in Chicago society, Lily jumps at the chance. This is her opportunity to finally have new things, be on the other side of service, and find a wealthy husband.
Rutledge "Rudy" Addison is tired. As an investigative journalist who reports on the facts of lynchings and race riots in the South, he's tired of dealing with the dregs of society. But when he is challenged to love those he is starting to hate, he begins to find that life is not as black-and-white as he always thought.
When Lily and Rudy are thrown together, will they realize that maybe the things they're tired of are more important than they could ever have fathomed?