Family secrets often cause more harm than telling the truth does. We keep those secrets not only to maintain the appearance of conventionality, but also, sometimes, ironically to keep the peace in the household. A secret that Missy has kept from Elizabeth creates a failure of communication between them when Elizabeth does not understand why her mistress will not do anything nor let anyone else in the household do anything to help her husband's inevitable death from syphillis be less painful.
The Blue Lady is a story is about what happened the night Master died in the throes of syphillitic dementia; and the relationship between two slaves in 1830 South Carolina, LaLi, Elizabeth, and The Master's wife, their mistress, Missy.
This is a revisionist tale about slavery from a female point of view about how three people with a blood connection - The Master, The Master's & LaLi's mulatto son, and Blue, the mother of their grandchildren - wound up dead in the space of a night. At least one of the dead, Blue, was murdered. The Blue Lady finally is the story of how guilt was assigned that night without anyone taking responsibility.