Who is Paul Morphy? Paul Morphy is a real person, a child prodigy born into a wealthy Creole family
in the French Quarter in 1837. He grows up to become the unofficial chess world champion, 'breaking' Europe while only twenty-one. He defeats all chess challengers
, performing miraculous blindfold feats along the way. No one dares play him.
After astounding Paris and London, he returns to New Orleans
, lionized, but misunderstood. Rooted in Paul is an irrational obsession for the red-light district crib-girl
, Clara. Paul abandons chess and grows reclusive in his love. A strict amateur on the board, off the board he develops a misconceived love for a professional working girl who cannot understand his world, or he hers.