The Depression came hard to most people of Perdido, Alabama, but the town's first family weathered the storm under the guidance of the indomitable Mary Love Caskey and the increasing influence of her daughter-in-law, Elinor.
Strange and malevolent were the ways Elinor to those who stood in her way. Those she loved would prosper. Those she disliked would die hideously. No court could call it murder because her manner was not human.