Sixteen year old Ree Dolly would like nothing better than to join the Army and leave her family behind. But her mother has had a nervous breakdown and cannot take care of her two younger brothers. Her father Jessup has run off and used the family home and land as bond for his court date on manufacturing crank. If Ree doesn't find her father before Tuesday, the family will lose the house and all of their land.
Manufacturing Crank is the new moonshine of the Ozark Mountains and the Dolly family and relations have a monopoly on it. These are tough hard-living backwards folk who know how to survive. Everyone in the family is too frightened to give any needed information to Ree in case she becomes that thing hated above all - the snitch.
But Ree is hard living too and determined to save her family. What happens to her at the hands of her own kindred is pretty tough to read. But what makes one person in the family hard and mean can make another strong and determined. You will be pulling for Ree.
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