A Kind of Freedom follows three generations of an African-American family living in New Orleans. In the 1940s, Evelyn, a nursing student from a wealthy family falls in love with a premedical student from an impoverished background. In the 1980s, their daughter Jackie is married to a man named Terry, who has begun to struggle with drug addiction. In the 2010s, Jackie and Terry’s son T.C. struggles to find work that is within the bounds of the law. The novel explores themes of racial oppression, family, economics, love, and social history.