At first, a familiar story: Norma, the beautiful city cousin, comes to visit her hick cousin, Dutch; the country boys vie for Norma with her smile and self-possessed wit, while Dutch feels homely and overlooked. But Dutch is not all good, nor is Norma all bad--circumstances are conspiring against their better natures. Norma's parents are divorcing; Dutch's father and older brother are worried over a farm-threatening drought. Dutch is a genuine article of adolescent torment and reluctance. She faces infernal woes from her nine-year-old nephew, who has been lied to about his mother since she left years before; she also confronts her first chance for romance. An absorbing picture of a spirited southern family muddling through tough times; at book's end, the relief of the long-awaited rain will mingle with readers' regret that the tale is over.