Desiree Hancock is the eldest of three children raised by a single mother. She gets pregnant at sixteen by a young man who has big plans for his life, which do not include her. While living in public housing, she gives birth to two children, and attempts to liberate herself from the welfare system. In comes Leslie Lambert, a white, wealthy lawyer She is attracted to Desiree. For a while, Desiree plays along until Leslie asks her to make a choice.
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