Prelude and aftermath of a lynching in Georgia. Nonnie Anderson, of very light color, has made Tracy Deen, problem son of the doctor, the focus of her life, and is bearing his child. Tracy, who had thought he could break over the color line, finds that family pressure is too great, submits to marrying the girl of their choice and pays Henry, his life long companion, to marry Nonnie. Nonnie's brother, Ed, hears of the deal, kills Tracy. Ed is sped on his way by his sisters and dependable Dr. Sam, eny, prime suspect, is hidden in jail, but found by the lynching nob and is sacrificed to their violence.....and all are again perilously safe. The racial distrusts and hatred as personified by the various townspeople, this is a grim picture of the South's unsolved problem of white and Negro, with the accent on sympathy for the inability of the Negro to state his case. Handle with care for libraries.