Piper Wick (formerly Pickwick) has built a nice life for herself in Los Angeles. Her public relations firm has a lot of politicians and Hollywood people as clients, and one professional relationship, with Colorado Congressman Grant Spangler, has recently turned into a romance. Piper has no interest in returning to her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina, a place she fled twelve years ago.
Piper returns only because Uncle Obe, the odd ball of his generation (as Piper is of hers), has drafted a new tell-all will. Uncle Obe plans to make amends for financial shenanigans, tax evasion, and non-support of two illegitimate children. Making amends will reduce the inheritance of the surving family members. Piper doesn’t care about that, but she is alarmed when she learns that Uncle Obe plans to reveal one of her teenage misadventures. Back to Pickwick she heads, to dissuade him.
Like most of her family members, she blames Uncle Obe’s newly-found conscience on the influence of his godson, Obediah Axel Smith. Piper sets a private investigator to find out about this Smith character, but as she spends time in Pickwick she finds herself attracted to him and to the righteousness that he urges on her. When Piper starts thinking in a new way, small town Pickwick and her crazy family don’t seem so bad.
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