It is May 1932 and life in the timbered rise and fall of western Arkansas has just gotten harder for 16-year-old Sooze Williams. With debt mounting and both friends and family fleeing, Sooze is determined to "do the right thing". She promises her heart to a well-to-do man believing true love is just another loss along the way. But when her uncle is murdered and family is accused of the crime, Sooze vows not to be beaten. Is salvation within her grasp by relying solely on truth, or is it in the security of her intended's money? Sooze must decide before it's too late.