Amanda America Dixon (Jennifer Beals) is the daughter of a Southern plantation owner, but she is ignorant of her mixed racial heritage. In the days following the Civil War, her father, David Dixon (Sam Waterston), raped a teenage slave, impregnating her and leading to Amanda's birth. Years later, upon David's death, Amanda is to inherit his estate. However, her uncle (Ron White) tries to contest the will due to Amanda's race, while lawyer Charles Dubose (Tim Daly) defends her in court.
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