The Kitchen House is that of a plantation with a “good” master with an unstable wife and a troubled son, who soon enough will take over and create trouble. It also has a large group of devoted slaves who run the place while the master travels, in an uneasy peace with a brutal overseer. Enough cliches for you yet? The only twist is the story is the introduction of an orphan white girl who never seems to grasp the fundamental slave/owner division, marries the troubled son although she could have and should have married someone else, and causes many deaths and much destruction as a result, while she is rescued at every turn by the slaves. Pitiful.