In 1955, the rising number of interracial babies in her care causes Jessica Keebler, director of Los Angeles County Bureau of Adoptions, to have nightmares. But a California law demeans interracial babies as ânon-Whiteâ, and they may only be given to Negro families. Negro adoptive applications are as scarce as rain in the Mojave desert. The increasing pressure to care for such an extraordinary number of babies threatens to explode the resources of the agency, force the agency to use inadequate foster homes, and create an impossible caseload for each of the staff. When the Liebmans, a White family, offer to take a baby âof any color or national origin,â Jessica decides to flaunt the law and process them. When word leaks to the state legislature, sparks fly. Jessica is called in to answer. Her job and the future of California adoptions are at stake.