It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability,
and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an
institution,the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and
have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and
find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and
widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby
girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan
escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is
forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha:
"Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan,
Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable
obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.
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