When Caesar convinces Cora to escape from Randall plantation in Georgia their lives are irrevocably changed. They discover the impossible in an underground railroad which takes them on an unexpected journey and reveals the true face of America.
Griffin, South Carolina - a seeming paradise of progress and racial harmony that hides dark secrets, especially the secrets of "Bessie" and "Christian". Meanwhile, bounty hunter Arnold Ridgeway begins his pursuit of Cora.
Cora reaches a dangerous small town in North Carolina where she must secret away in an abolitionist's attic while putting everyone's lives in danger.
A young Arnold Ridgeway comes of age while testing his belief in The Great Spirit.
Captured by Ridgeway, Cora is forced to travel across the barren inferno of Tennessee. She shares the perilous journey with Jasper, a noble runaway filled with inner-strength.
For Arnold Ridgeway, a journey home reveals that "the past is not past". And a chance encounter with a freedman named Royal gives Cora new hope.
Let the fire burn.
Royal brings Cora to Valentine Farm, a thriving Black community and vineyard on the bountiful Indiana frontier. Carrying the scars of her journey, Cora struggles to find peace in this new home.
Cora's presence as a fugitive ignites tensions amongst the Valentine community. Just as she was beginning to make this her home, chaos reigns.
In this tale of motherhood, the beginning is the end is the beginning... for both mother and daughter.