They were the copper-skinned half-castes and quadroons of New Orleans-slave-holding shopkeepers and merchants, raven-haired mistresses to rich white planters, French-speaking artists and writers.
Marcel-the young, blue-eyed scholar, sensitive, longing for Paris. Marie-his breathtakingly beautiful sister, whose curse was to pass for white. Christophe-novelist and teacher, he was the idol of all the young gens. Anna Bella-light in skin, African in feature, chosen for the white man.