Sherwood is the coming of age story of Colleen Reilly, a young woman caught between the idealism and realism of two men she meets during her stay in a TB sanitarium at the close of World War II. It is also the interracial love story of a Haitian immigrant and a headstrong girl who can't accept life confined behind conventional social screens.
Both stories fuse in the shadowy figure of the Handyman, a man who refuses to condone what he sees at Sherwood. A forbidden room, an assault, and the theft of a book lead to two tragedies which change the lives of four men and four women forever. As Colleen struggles to escape the age-old plague of TB, she encounters a new one-and the whole truth-as seen through the eyes of a five year old little boy.