The history of Kevin and Dana’s meeting and courtship, which takes up the first part of this chapter, gives us some insight into the current state of their relationship. When the two first meet, Kevin has all the power. He is older and more confident than Dana. He is also more successful than she is, not only because he works fulltime and Dana is only a temp but also because he is finding success in his writing career, and Dana is not. He has more money than she does, and he buys her lunch, even when she objects. Kevin’s status as a white man also gives him power over Dana. Dana is attracted to Kevin, and she allows him to woo her. Still, the power dynamics that characterize the beginnings of their relationship continue to resonate. And if Dana doesn’t have equal power with Kevin in 1970s California, she certainly does not profit by their plunge into antebellum Maryland. Once in the South, Kevin and Dana must confront the disturbing fact that in the 1800s, their playacting at being master and slave could have been a reality. While Butler wants us to look beyond the interracial aspects of Kevin and Dana’s relationship—it is not until this section of the novel, for example, that we find out for sure that Kevin is white—she stresses that even progressive, forward-thinking interracial couples feel the aftershocks of slave-era concepts of mastery.