Old Loula eases her feet onto an upturned pail and tells the stranger the story of 8 year-old Hester. Three lives interweave Hester's . long-legged midwife Sissie Jane, just made for running to cabins in the dead of night to snatch back lives; bunioned Libby and her red shoes; and Old Loula herself with her chipped enamel bucket. But the stranger has come looking for a different story, a mystery life in the Essex grey marshes. STRANGE FRUIT is a story of fears and prejudice and intolerance. And throughout runs the simple humanity of good women raising other people's children with love.