Rufus Raby was an easy-going mountain lad until his friend Sid Hollifield was murdered. Rufus is a good tracker, helping Sheriff Clure find people missing in the mountains of Jackson County. (In return, the sheriff overlooks Rufus’s moonshining.) Seeing Sid’s battered and snake-bitten body changes Rufus. Finding Sid’s killer becomes his mission, but the search is also a journey for Rufus. As his heart warms to Sid’s widow, he learns to read and write, control his impulse for revenge, and combine his new knowledge of town ways with his backwoods talents.
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