After living with her mother Kelley Devereaux in the ghettos of Louisiana, Angel Summers is no stranger to poverty, neglect, and the various boyfriends of her mother who come and go. At six years old Angel thought it couldn’t be any worse. But, when mom dies of a drug overdose, Angelis placed in an orphanage, where she witnesses a horrible suicide. Then she moves in with her eccentric and crude aunt Bell, but even her tyranny is abruptly ended when Mr. Keller Devereaux, Angel’s father appears back on the scene to offer Angel a life of splendid wealth.
Then, some many years later, after working in New York as a successful D.A. for battered women, Angel meets Flutaa Laonges a twelve year old prostitute, trapped in the system-Flutta claims to know ‘the monster’ Angel’s father. Subsequently, Angel begins having very bad dreams or are they memories?
Months later, when Keller Devereaux falls ill, Angel Summers moves back south to care for her darling daddy, while seeking the help of a prominent psychiatrist Webster Isaacs to unravel her dreams.
But, as Keller Devereaux’s health demises, so does his memory, causing him to sing songs, and speak a foreign language, a language Angel somehow knows, and a familiar song of which she knows every word, a song from a wicked man of long, long ago, compelling her to question who she is in Keller Devereaux’s world.