In his first work of fiction in a decade, Allan Gurganus returns to the mythic site of his immortal novel 'Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All'. Time has passed; the Internet has arrived; but the daily human dramas in Falls, North Carolina prove that old habits die hard. A banker's daughter seeks the child she was forced to relinquish at birth. The disappearance of a star high school student sends ripples through the town, creating a cult led by her stricken mother. The friendship between two married men is tested by a devastating flood.