They did not know their lawyer. So, Skip and Miranda met the lawyer's friend Val, as their guest host at Antoine's in New Orleans in 1976. Skip had been arrested for no good reason at Mardi Gras. Skip was a black Creole and an accountant. Miranda was a Jewish nurse from Philadelphia. Was Skip arrested because their skin colors clashed? What kind of man was this lawyer? Would he represent them well and willingly? After all, he was a white Southern lawyer. What could Val tell them about this unknown lawyer helping an interracial couple? Val started, "I am a friend of Roman Aime."