A saga spanning a century. The story of two families, one black, one white, in Arkansas, whose lives are intertwined through a series of events.
In the 1st chapter we meet Eyes of the Moon, who becomes the legend of the light, but to get a feeling for the main characters, Claude, Lizzie, and Etta-May in particular, take a look at chapters 2 & 3.
The Gautiers - an African/American family, live by the river, while their nearest neighbours - the Appletons, live a little further along the bank. When Rainy Pettifer marries into the Appleton family, strange things begin happening. A light appears on the river whenever there is to be a death in her family.
Her grandmother was a Hopi Indian woman, who vowed to watch over her family after her death, and so appears each time she comes to collect someone.
Etta-May Gautier is a strange girl, who has a fascination with her late grandmother Milanee's involvement with the powers of voo doo, having come from the West Indies. She is a constant cause of concern for her family and the locals of the area, with her uncanny ability to see the future.
It is a tale of intrigue, incest, love and murder, with a mystical twist.
We see great strength in the leading female characters as the story unfolds.