Here's the set-up for Ain't No Sunshine:
Summertime in Virginia, in the turbulent Sixties. Race relations grow more strained. Stephen's father is murdered, and the boy is pulled over by police 700 miles away from the scene of the crime. A broken taillight causes the pullover. The fact that Stephen's girl friend is in the car complicates things. The fact that Stephen is white and she is black really complicates them.
Those words adorned every building in Livingston, Virginia during the summer of 1963, confusing and angering a five-year-old Stephen Phillips.
Those words told Stephen that what he felt for his colored neighbor Ruthie was wrong.
As he grows older, Ruthie becomes the only ray of sunshine in his abusive life and he is not willing to let her go without a fight, a fight that could lead to murder.
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