I did enjoy the switch between two stories placed a century apart . . . one during pre-Civil War times and the other in the modern day.
The modern story is about a lawyer looking for the perfect "face" to begin a reparations case for families of slaves. The 100 year old story is about a slave girl who runs away. The two stories mesh when it is revealed that the paintings being sold by the family of a renowned artist might have actually been painted by the runaway girl.