1974. In the steamy city of New Orleans, Amalise, a strong, accomplished young lawyer, sees Phillip as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. Jude, her best friend from childhood, senses danger and tries to warn her. But Amalise makes her own decisions. And she’s certain Jude is wrong. After marriage she slowly realizes that Phillip is not quite what he seemed. But they are in love—she can handle this. When she joins a prestigious law firm, however, she finds that balancing marriage and a demanding career is more difficult than she had expected. But Amalise remains confident—she will save both her marriage and her career.