Ima Purple knew Vanna Belforte had a colorful, perhaps reckless past in Atlanta, Georgia. Their friendship had suffered continual ups and downs until Vanna came to New York to buy a trousseau. She invites Ima down for a gracious Deep South wedding. Upon arrival, Ima meets two families whose lives intertwine in a way unkwn to her. The Belfortes have restored a lost fortune and rebuilt Chasenton, a dilapidated family estate. The Bees are the descendants of the estate's slaves who stayed on as servants to help. When the teacher-turned-detective digs deeper, she finds regional differences, racial struggles, and forbidden romances. Meanwhile, back in her own familiar surroundings, Vanna finds that Atlanta brings out her best and worst sides. Not enthused by her wedding festivities, she returns to her typical antics. Feeling igred, Ima decides to entertain herself by asking the staff casual questions about life at the estate. What she hears drives her to investigate an old crime involving the cook's son. Ima pushes to find new clues before Vanna makes a big mistake and keeps a deadly vow. If the past crashes into the present, events could lead characters to repentance or retribution. Will Vanna choose romance or revenge in the Anti-Belle of Antebellum Atlanta?