Queen journeys away from the plantation and discovers the delight of passing for white. However, when she is about to marry an ex-Confederate soldier named Digby, she reveals her real roots and therefore faces his extreme anger. Abused and alone, Queen is forced into exile once more. Eventually, she gets employment at the home of two spinsters and starts a relationship with a black hired hand by the name Davis, shortly afterward becoming pregnant with his child. Abandoned by the father and abused by the ladies, Queen escapes the relative comforts of her employers' home, taking her child with her.