Massachusetts, 1969. When Tracy Burrows leaves Bakersfield, Alabama, to attend university at the prestigious Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was with the intention of making it to Harvard Law by keeping her head in the books and without causing any waves. Little did she realize how impossible this might be Tracy finds herself in the midst of the Student Movement, on one of the most active college campuses in the country. As a young, black woman, sitting out isn't an option, especially when she casually begins to date Kurt, a white, affluent, law student with his own ties to the South. Tracy is startled to discover that she's revolutionary without even trying. As Kurt and Tracy's relationship grows more serious, a secret from Kurt's past threatens everything that Tracy is working toward. Questions arise about race, relationships, and Tracy's own growing social consciousness. As she struggles with how much she's willing to give up to achieve her goals, Tracy realizes that the biggest lessons in life are the ones learned outside of the classroom. Brilliantly capturing the tumultuous spirit of the late 1960s, A House of Cards explores the gambles often taken when it comes to love.