This is the story of the two timid sisters, Angelina and Sarah Grimke, who became the first women to dare to speak in public, first for abolition and then for women's rights. It is also the story of their colored nephew, Archibald Grimke, whom they discovered on the enrollment list of a college for Negroes. As Angelina's tentative letter arrives, Archy and his brother Frank must confront their pasts, as must the two crusade weary women who have been shaken that a Negro bears their odd family name. Alternating flashback sequences focus on the South during the Civil War and the northern abolition movement. It's well done historical fiction and the relevance of its theme to contemporary Civil Rights problems should add to its readership.