Jiminy Davis quits her legal internship in Chicago and flees to her grandmother's house in small-town Mississippi. Aimless and bored, she explores the nooks and crannies of the old farmhouse and finds traces of family secrets, involving the husband and daugher, also named Jiminy, of the housekeeper, Lyn Waters. Lyn's handsome nephew Bo is also on hand, and his friendship with Jiminy ruffles the sensitivities of the town, Jiminy recruits a crusading journalist to help probe with happened to Edward and Jiminy Waters. Meanwhile, the retired town doctor, now the local historian, grapples with his realization that he is a good man--but that he became one too late. Terrific and wrenching, miles better than Gore's earlier novels.