African-American, 20, a brilliant musical prodigy and the towering heroine of this movie. From the opening scene to the last, Steal Away is Ella’s story. A reluctant beauty, she is slender yet shapely with a softly chiseled face, wide probing eyes, and beguiling if rarely seen smile. Though by appearances frail, we will learn that looks are dramatically deceiving: Charged with saving African–American schools from supremacist destruction, she is a tireless warrior that takes no prisoners and suffers no fools – unstoppable, unsinkable, incapable of compromise or surrender, powered by a force of will that could stop a planet. Yet through it all, haunted by the sins of her past, her deepest crusade is for redemption. And though tough as nails to most, Ella hates, hates, hates that one man throws her off her game… Wallace. Ella desperately loves Wallace, and his kisses utterly destroy her, sending her into a woozy, drunken-like stupor. But these star-crossed lovers are from violently far-flung worlds: Ella is staking her life on a colorblind future, while the brutal murder of Wallace’s family by supremacists has made him a raging militant. Their war-torn love is a powder keg set to explode.