The story of a slave uprising in Haiti, in which Toussaint L'Overture figures prior to his rise to fame, and which mostly concerns itself with the high handed behaviour of the French landlords towards their slaves. Diron, aristocrat with ideals for freedom, is endangered by his political leanings and is forced to abandom the slaves whom he had been helping. There is a romance that comes to a head with the slave uprising and he flees the island with his new love. The plot is thinnish, but it is a colorful picture of the life on a plantation, of the relations of blacks and whites, of the reasons back of the slave rebellions. Interesting reading.