Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama’s
presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five year
old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself on Washington, DC’s post-election
sidelines even as her twentysomething counterparts overrun the West Wing.
Adding to her woes, her father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil
rights icon and self-described “foot soldier for freedom,” is notoriously
featured on an endlessly replayed YouTube clip in which his pronouncements don’t
exactly jibe with the new era in American politics.
The Rev’s stinging words and myopic views don’t sound
anything like the man who raised Ida to make her mark in the world. When friends
call to express their concern, Ida realizes it’s time to head home and see what’s
going on. Besides, with her job prospects growing dimmer, getting out of DC for
a while might be the smartest move she could make.
Back in her old West End neighborhood, Ida runs into
childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay
a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. Ida doesn’t trust Wes or his
mysterious connections for one second, but she can’t deny her growing attraction
While Ida and the Rev try to find the balance between
personal loyalties and political realities, they must do some serious soul
searching in order to get things back on track before Wes permanently derails
their best laid plans.
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