The main character, Alice "Nobody," travels by train from her hometown of Harlem to Portland, Oregon in 1921 to escape from a shady character back home. As a white woman, she comes to live in the all-black Paragon Hotel . Her world on both coasts is filled with the Mafia, prostitutes, crooked cops, the Ku Klux Klan and jazz musicians. “Nobody” eventually ingratiates herself with the locals and gets involved in a missing child case.
The author explores the issues of racism, discrimination, and the inequality of blacks that existed both in Oregon and in Harlem during the 20’s.
Richly developed characters, thought-provoking and original exciting plot with plenty of surprises!