Halle Berry features as Shelby Coles, a beautiful twenty-five-year-old woman from a black family of privilege. Shelby is engaged to marry Meade Howell, a wonderful white jazz musician, but as she approaches her wedding day she begins to suffer misgivings brought on by a mixed marriage. Meade's parents will not be attending the marriage of their son because they do not approve of his bi-racial union. Shelby's parents do not object to the colour of Meade's skin, but wanted their beautiful eligible daughter to marry a successful professional, not a jazz musician. To further cloud Shelby's decision is the arrival of Lute McNeil, a very handsome black man who has made it very clear that he considers Shelby to be the woman of his dreams and seeks to have her at any cost.