The year is 1935, and 99-year-old former slave Shadrach, who spent his earliest years toiling on a Virginia farm, has stated his desire to be buried there upon his death. There are many complications involved with this request, however. The Dabney family, which currently owns the old farm, is headed by Vernon and Trixie, and they have seven children. They work the land together and are proud of their heritage. Shadrach must first appeal to their good natures, but even if he can win them over, there are laws in place that prevent him from being buried on this farm.