In 1839, Elizabeth Beeson, enslaved and psychic, passes for white and possesses a mystical secret that could end slavery.
THE ORACLE FILES: ESCAPE presents a new insight into an old world from the psychic perspective of Elizabeth Beeson Chase. Cursed by her mother at age seven, Elizabeth is forced to battle Malachai, an angry West African ghost, as she emerges from slave to Quaker, to “Blue Vein” Socialite in the harsh Black and White world of 1850 New York. With the help of her Quaker father and her spirit guide, Wakayeja wicahpe, Elizabeth creates a shelter of love wherever she goes.
However, the raging storm of racism, the looming threat of slave bounty hunters, and Malachai’s relentless hauntings pelt her life with indomitable fear. After a painful betrayal sends her running into New York’s dangerous Five Points, Elizabeth emerges with a gypsy’s secret weapon that can free her and her people from slavery.
Should she abandon her Negro roots to keep her freedom, or risk her freedom to save her people, who already distrust and despise her because of the color of her skin?
“This book will haunt you and that’s a very good thing.”
—BRUNONIA BARRY, NY Times Best-Selling Author
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