Based on Harlem Renaissance's novel called "Passing", the film follows two women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Ruth Negga), as they meet each other after many years, in a New York city's hotel, Drayton. They both sit at the dining table as they look around but don't see each other yet. But as soon as Clare notices Irene, their acquaintance begins again. Despite both being African American, because of the color of their skin, they can "pass" for whites. While Irene is married to a black man, Kendry chose to live life on the opposite side of the color line.