An explosion! Downtown Baltimore was burning. Jackson Freeman depended on the docks for his livelihood. Leaving his family in the hands of his mother, he and his brothers fought the flames for twenty-seven hours. Realizing the hopelessness of the situation, Jackson gave in to his exhaustion and arrived home only to be told his whole family had expired from a horrible illness.
To rebuild a life for himself, Jackson sought out his German friend Carl to begin what they had dreamt of together, owning a farm in partnership. Now, Jackson could be independent from the White man. Unfortunately, Carl saw a greater vision, and had already begun a more lucrative automobile 'fix-it' shop. As Jackson saw Baltimore beginning to rise from the ashes, he was even more determined to finally do what he had always wanted. He would go for it alone. Besides, he had heard land was cheap in Ohio.
While on his way, Jackson hooked up with some shady characters who offered him a 'partnership' in the sale of the goods they were taking to Stanton, Ohio in exchange for his money to buy a horse for their oversized wagon. Unfortunately, an axle problem kept them from their destination and they turned their wagon into Anna Shein's farm. There, Jackson came face to face with his destiny: meeting the White woman he would learn to hate, the woman he would grow to respect and the only person who could teach him farming. Through their years together, their trials and tribulations were many. Even though a love/hate relationship developed between them, Jackson's drive and perseverance won Anna's respect. Were they really in love?