Bess was born, for the first time, in Louisiana as the youngest daughter of slaves who were to be emancipated a few years later. She grew up to become an intelligent, adventurous young woman for whom freedom was everything but, of particular importance, was the freedom to choose what she did and didn’t believe in. So she made up her mind to reject, albeit good naturedly, most of the spiritual convictions of the people around her. It seemed to her that not one of them could be supported by the scientific thinking she found so important in her exciting, new world. To her, these philosophies, regardless of the culture that had given rise to them, amounted to nothing more than a collection of silly ideas. However, as a result of her fun-loving, and sometimes daringly amorous lifestyle, she ended up getting trapped in the ‘childish notions’ of other people with hellish results and no obvious way out. Doomed to keep reliving the same, tragically human mistakes in unending and agonizing reincarnations, she finally stumbled on the opportunity to escape the cycle and find true freedom - freedom of the spirit. But had she learned life’s strange lessons well enough in the past, to be able to make good use of the chance, now that it had finally come to her in the distant future?