“Kindred” by Octavia Butler is the story of Dana, a young black woman who travels through time and place. Butler, born in Pasadena, California, in 1947, is one of the few female authors to write in the science-fiction genre. A boy named Rufus is drowning in a river, and Dana goes from her home in California to give him artificial respiration as his mother screams for help. Later Dana sees Rufus as an older boy setting the drapes of his mansion house on fire because he’s angry at his father. When she asks, he tells Dana they were in Maryland in 1815. he uses his whip on horses and “niggers.” This boy could be one of Dana’s ancestors, her great grandfather? Rufus sees a resemblance to Alice Greenwood, who might have been married to Rufus, who is white. Alice is free like her mother was.