" It was easy for her to leave me, because she never wanted me in the first place. "
" Why would I go and hurt you with something like that? "
" Mostly, though, I want you to know, I love you. Just like I loved your mother."
Lily is a 14 year old who lost her mother at the age of 4, she also lives with her abusive father until one day she runs away with her housekeeper, Rosaleen and they both make their way to Tiburon, South Carolina to find the " Black Madonna"
" It's my time to die, and it's your time to live. Don't mess it up."
Rosaleen is Lily's housekeeper who runs away with Lily after being beaten by white men on her way to vote.
" Sometimes, Lily, I'm so angry I wanna kill something."
August is the maker of the Black Madonna honey and Lily goes to stay with her and her sisters after finding the home address on the back of her mothers photo.
" But she's white, August."
May is August's vulnerable younger sister who has melt downs due to her twin sister April's suicide.
Zach is August's godson that helps out with the honey bees. He is also Lily's love interest.
June is Augusts' other sister who has animosity towards Lily because she is white. June has a hard time trusting men and refuses to get married to Neil.