Nearing fifty, Joe Ransom won''t slow down, not in his pickup, not with a gun-and certainly not with women. But all the fast living in Mississippi won''t fill the hunger Joe can''t name. At fifteen, Gary Jones is already slipping through the cracks. Part of a hopeless, homeless wandering family, he''s desperate for a way out. He finds it in Joe. Together they follow a twisting map to redemption-or ruin. An understated, powerful, beautiful evocation of a place, a time, a people.