Tiffany D. Jackson's novel, Allegedly, is the story of Mary Addison. Now a teenager, Mary was accused of killing an infant when she was nine. Mary has spent more than five years in jail and is now living in a group home. When she becomes pregnant and it is clear the state will take her baby, Mary sets out to prove her innocence. She claims her mother was actually responsible for the baby's death. However, Mary's new claims are not true. She is about to be found innocent of a crime she really did commit. The novel's main themes are the relationships between parents and children, the plight of children in the justice system, and race.