Dana, who finds herself shuttled between her California home in 1976 and a pre-Civil War Maryland plantation. As her kindred the graphic novel pdf in the past become longer, Dana becomes intimately entangled with the plantation community, making hard compromises to survive slavery and to ensure her existence in her own time.
Through the two interracial couples that form the emotional core of the story, the novel also explores the intersection of power, gender, and race issues and speculates on the prospects of future egalitarianism. Butler has categorized the work as “a kind of grim fantasy. Dana wakes up in the hospital with her arm amputated. Police deputies question her about the fantastical circumstances surrounding the loss of her arm and ask her whether her husband, Kevin, beats her. Dana tells them that it was an accident and that Kevin is not to blame. When Kevin visits her, they are both afraid of telling the truth because they know nobody would believe them. Their predicament began on June 9, 1976, the day of her twenty-sixth birthday.