The Author was a six-year-old boy in the family around which this novel is centered; the setting is secluded Georgia farm country at the outset of World War II, and the inhabitants are mostly God-loving souls willing to help rather than revile. Unless asked, they're apt to mind their own beeswax. Doors are seldom locked and, while most racial barriers remain, love and mutual respect among some families transcend a few. Crime - especially murder - is rare. But this is not Utopia; it is Dooly County, GA, and as it already has in the larger world, evil is about to rear its murderous head and change things forever.