Byron Aldridge, heir to a timber empire, returns from the First World War a changed man and finds refuge as a company policeman in a backwoods Louisiana sawmill.
Soon his younger brother Randolph tracks him down, assuming charge of the mill in the hope of rescuing his former idol.
But as the brothers try to understand each other and their wives contend with their own hopes and fears, it is Randolph who starts a feud with the Sicilians who control the whisky and girls, and the future grows fearsome for them all.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 15/07/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340828908