In the summer of 1969, men walked on the moon; Holly Lee Carter returned home in a wheelchair to save her family’s newspaper legacy from the Klan; and my best friend fell passionately, dangerously in love. That summer Cattahatchie County – the last segregated one of its kind, even in Mississippi – would be transformed by fire and blood and snake venom, hard truth and desperate need, and by all other things that the river holds. — Nathan Wallace, narrator

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