Meet Jack McGreary, a young
man growing up in the faded boomtown of Paradise Flats amid the
dust storms and broken dreams of the Great Depression. Raised by
his eccentric and increasingly erratic father, Jack has learned to
live by his wits. He outplays the local businessmen, out-argues the
local priest, and even outsmarts a gang of hardened carnies at a
seedy fairground. So when a pair of fast-talking swindlers blows
through town, Jack joins them. Virgil Ray and Miss Rose are more
than happy to lead a young boy astray, and together they go on a
raucous crime spree across the American Southwest.
It's a wild ride, one of
jazz clubs and easy money. But when the three of them find
themselves caught up in a murder ploy, Jack begins to suspect that
he is being set up as a patsy. Are Virgil and Miss Rose playing
Jack? Or is Jack playing them?