The novel is set primarily in Charlotte, NC during the first decade of the 21st century. Conversations and flashbacks take us back in the lives of the Jarvis-Johnston family as far as the Civil War. Jerene and Duke Johnston are a society family steeped in a struggle to maintain their social standing, and have more than their share of shocking secrets. The four Johnston children are super complicated and each chapter is told by a different member of this dysfunctional (to say the least) family of liars, cheaters, drunks, skanks, and hypocrites. It’s a fantastic American novel, filled with enough historical content to make the readers who don’t care much for skanks and drunks happy.