Forbidden is set on a fictional French-Creole island called Saint Helen in a society whose past is rooted in the horrors of slavery, and where social status is determined by the colour of your skin.
Christian Joseph, a mulatto, and one of several major characters, is a by-product of the social and racial polarization that bedevils the island. He’s a devoted acolyte of the Catholic Church and people look up to him because of his complexion and his high standing with the priests. His world is turned upside down when he discovers that he was born out of wedlock. He further discovers, to his dismay, that his father, heir to Paradise Estate, the island’s most renowned sugar plantation, has died and left the property to Christian’s mother – a poor black village girl. This causes disbelief and outrage among many in the community, including the priests. It forces Christian to return to the village of his birth to try and uncover the secrets of his past.
Meantime, issues surrounding the bequest of Paradise Estate continue to stir up controversy and create turmoil in the lives of all those directly associated with it.