Sara Kate (Elizabeth McGovern) marries Gaten Hill (Ernie Hudson), a single parent whose family disapproves of his marrying a white woman. On their honeymoon, Hill dies in a car accident, leaving Kate in charge of his daughter, Clover (Zelda Harris). The young girl distrusts Kate, as does her Aunt Everleen (Loretta Devine). The family offers to raise Clover, but Kate refuses. As the new family struggles to learn how to get along, Hill's spirit returns to guide Kate and Clover.