Wardsville, North Carolina is a small, quiet mountain town, off the beaten path. That could change if Jefferson County receives state funding to complete the Gold River Highway that would connect Wardsville to the world on the other side of Ayawisgi Mountain. The highway construction and future development will create winners and losers. Knowing that, town residents argue and divide into factions. Someone turns to murder and Joe Esterhouse, octogenarian member of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors, must confront the greed and violence that the highway project has unleashed.
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