It’s 1950 in New Orleans and Josie Moraine is seventeen years old. She works two jobs, one in a bookstore and the other cleaning rooms in the brothel where her mom works as a prostitute. Josie dreams of going to college out East. When a prominent politician mysteriously dies and Josie’s mom is implicated, Josie is drawn into the sinister under-world of the Big Easy. Will she end up with a life like her mother, making the “easy” money in the French Quarter or will she resist its pull and struggle for her college dream?