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When Claudette Hayes passes she leaves behind her two things: the legacy of being America's first female law professor, and her Charleston founding family mansion sitting on one of the country's oldest plantations. Five of her students, now high powered female attorneys, are summoned to the leisurely life of South Carolina to be told, for reasons unknown, she has bequeathed the property to four of them but not the fifth woman. The law dictates though the decision must be unanimous. So this "gift" brings about an unholy stalemate which threatens to tear the group apart and soon their secrets and frailties come bubbling to the top.
Follows the undefeated University of San Francisco 1951 Dons football team that turned down a bid to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami after being told that the team would not be allowed to use its two black players — running back Ollie Matson and linebacker Burl Toler.