From up North, How'd Cobb comes back to Yoder County to find that while he has changed the folks at home have not and are even more embittered and embattled over the recent Supreme Court decision. From his father he hears that you ""don't shake hands with niggers""- not even their faithful Uncle Boo. From Judge Pinckney, who runs the town, ""Negroes and whites will never mix in this county"". own decision, to remain uninvolved- also with Sallie, the Judge's daughter who had been his first girl, becomes increasingly impossible; the Judge is using him, and Sallie- when he repudiates her- releases the fury of a woman scorned on an innocent Negro. There is an angry, attempted lynching which How'd is finally able to circumvent.... Not the first novel to make use of this issue, civil rights again seem to lead to other wrongs, certainly the confusion of desegregation and sex, and the reappearance of those old familiars- Uncle Boo and the bloodhounds.