In 1940's Mississippi, Kermit McGaugh Jr. was facing a hard time growin' up. His mother had died at birth, and his father left him to be raised by his grandparents. It was a hardscrabble life at that time in that part of the country for most folks and Kermit's plight rivaled that of any of the Erskine Caldwell characters. Yet he still saw beyond the shack and the omnipresent poverty to a better life. He would become a writer, much like the fellow in the next county: William Faulkner. And maybe someday Kermit's daddy wouldn't be ashamed of him and would come back and get him . . .