Lily lives with her abusive father and Rosaleen the black woman her father hired after the accident that killed Lily’s mother. When Rosaleen goes to register to vote some white men try to stop her, in the altercation that follows Rosaleen gets taken to jail, and then to the hospital after she “fell down.” Lily fights with her father and then runs away, breaking Rosaleen out of the hospital, and they travel to a nearby town following the clues Lily finds on the few things she owns of her mothers. They end up living with three bee keeping sisters, who Lily is convinced knew her mother. She has difficulty getting up the courage to ask, but it feels like a safe haven.
This is an amazing book. It deals with love and secrets, mother and daughter-hood, and racism in the south right when segregation was ending.