This is a story of racial healing. Andrew and Donte meet briefly in a black hospital where Andrew is recovering from a beating he received while walking home through the 'hood.' Donte, whose fourth illegitimate child has just been delivered there, robs Andrew while he is sleeping. Later, Donte is arrested for attempted robbery. The two men are forced together in jail as cellmates. They fall asleep one night and are transported to a Virginia plantation in the year 1831, where they are both taught valuable lessons. 'My brother's keeper' is a novel full of action and excitement, with eccentric, wildly opposing characters that, through God's love, learn the true meaning of brotherhood.