The presence of family and community underlies much of the experiences Anna has. From the presence of Mary and Daniel, her adopted family on the plantation, to Florence, Mama Bessie, and Mrs. Rosa in section three, Anna continually finds love, advice, and solace in the arms of this community and extended family. She is led to depend, on more than one occasion, on the family, friends, and community around her. Even further, the intuitive, comforting presence of her blood mother and her ancestors that appear are symbols of this underlying theme. It is the imagined whispers of Mary that helps carry Anna through her escape, the spirit of her blood-mother who heals her sickness, the love and support of Daniel who helps keep her grounded.