At eight years old, Raeford "Junebug" Hurley has known more than his share of hard lessons. After the sudden death of his parents, he goes to live with his grandparents on a farm surrounded by tobacco fields and lonesome woods. There he meets Fancy Stroud and her twin brother, Lightning, the children of black sharecroppers on a neighboring farm. As years pass, the friendship between Junebug and bright, compassionate Fancy takes on a deeper intensity.
In this nuanced novel, Danny J. Johnson Sr. describes what will happen at The Great White Throne Judgment as each character views his actions from an eternal perspective. The son of a powerful couple seeking societal reform, John becomes a lawyer, eager to seek justice for the oppressed, and gladly accepts his company's terms, agreeing to fight against all religion, especially Christianity. Beverly tragically loses her mother when only a child, and her father dies not long after. Viewing her mother's grief at her father's infidelities as weakness, Beverly vows to remain strong and protect herself.