Set in New Orleans of the 1890s, the story is loosely based on the Greek play, Medea. Marie Christine, an African-American, falls madly in love with a white ship captain, Dante, and becomes pregnant. Marie's brothers object to the relationship and beat Dante. Coming to his defense, Marie ends up stabbing her brother and she and Dante escape to Chicago. Once in Chicago, Dante abandons Marie for his political career. He ends up being engaged to his benefactor's daughter, Helena. In the end, Marie murders Helena and her own children.