What do you do when your family betrays you? What is being "good"? How do you learn to live by the truths of your own heart?
In this first novel by an award-winning poet, set in early 20th-century eastern Kentucky, sixteen year old Linney Stepp is sent to live with relatives in exchange for a boy cousin who can help her father work the farm. But living with the Chandlers – especially Aunt Hesty, grandmother and wisewoman – Linney gradually discovers how to decide for herself who she will be.