In 1934 Dylan Henry , wealthy young 23 year old man falls in love with one of the African Slaves that labor for the family. Her name is Okina who is also 23. The two were born on the same date . December 12th . His father forbids his son from dating the slave and wants him to date the Country's President's Daughter Olivia Wenfird. Interracial dating and marriage was illegal at the time . Henry disagrees with his father and is deeply in love with Okina , the father thinks of a way to finally get what he wants and believes his son deserves better .