Further chronicles of the Cutlip family but not dependent on the 1936 A very Hopwood award I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. They return to Turkey Trot and are pursued by minor and major misfortunes, through which indomitable Maw tries to guide her shrunken brood. Ben is unable to get a job, Maw is determined to be independent, they have hopes of some rest from their fight against starvation and poverty. The mounting drama of events forces Ben out of the world of reality and into a nightmare tragedy. Good background material of the ignorance and intolerance of the hill people of the South.