Mason G. Prescott has spent all of his sixty-odd years in and around the small central Georgia town of Holman. He became a jackleg lawyer more through expediency than purpose, as he is in the practice of 'making things come out right' by legal means if convenient, but by other means if necessary. Although he had never 'had to do with women,' he one day picked up a hitchhiker, Rosepearl Coonrod, a much-younger country girl of many latent abilities.
Mason is drawn into what remains of the Coonrod family and the time-frozen environs of Honey Grove, Georgia. Rosepearl becomes Mason's ally in battling the forces from Atlanta in the most serious challenge yet to maintaining social rectitude.