The story centers around Marie, a modern day 40-something housekeeper and Katriena, an 18th century slave girl of about 15 years old. Katriena is pregnant with her white master's baby, which she desperately wants to save. Marie, who is Katriena's only remaining descendent, is the baby's only chance of survival. More
Marie is a 40-something housekeeper leading a pretty humdrum existence in modern day Saltriver, Cape Town. She has regular church meetings, a grown son and a husband she barely talks to. Marie starts having excruciating back-ache and eventually loses track of parts of her day. Katriena is a 18th century slave-girl of about 15 years, who is pregnant with her white master's baby and desperate to save her unborn child. Johannes, a medicine man, promises to help her do this, using her link to Marie who is Katriena's only living descendent.