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Adeline Steptoe married her cousin, Carter Lightfoot, and returned from their honeymoon to Europe expecting a child.
The plantation was turned out in force to welcome the couple, now masters of the estate, back home. Carter is no stranger to the place as he had been raised at a neighboring estate.
Mamie is not only the head of the kitchen but the first among the house slaves. Her son, Jared, was a childhood friend of Carter and they had always gotten into trouble together.
So close were the two boys that Carter, now grown, cannot imagine treating his old friend in any different way. Jared and his mother are freed but invited to stay on in their former positions, but as paid employees.
Carter has brought something else back from Europe: grape wines from a winery. He plans to change the plantation over to a wine-producing facility as soon as he and Jared can graft the European vines onto American varieties.
Trial and error keep Carter and Jared busy as they learn about grafting the two different varieties into one and create something completely new.
Meanwhile, Adeline spends the time talking with Mamie about the family history as well as the shenanigans of her husband and Jared when they were younger.
The lessons learned in the potting shed are not forgotten when Adeline gives birth, to a hybrid of a completely other nature.