After secretly eloping, Genevieve Lamont finds herself abandoned by her abusive husband, estranged from her mother, and guilt-ridden over her father's death. Resigned, Gen works in New Iberia's five-and-dime in order to keep her most precious secret - a newborn daughter - safe in Latagnier, Louisiana. Ernest Breaux is captivated by the mysterious Miss Lamont, but he's seen what family does to a man's spirit. His papa is living proof that the weight of a wife and children anchors a body to the bayou. Such a life is not for him! But his heart seems to have other ideas. Could the Lord have plans to build a future for Ernest with Gen, or will their love drown in the black water of Gen's bayou secrets?