Excellent collection of short fiction by Rawlings that includes the lengthy piece "Jacob's Ladder" and her most popular short story that has been turned into a film, "Gal Young Un." All the stories take place in the Florida scrub with the exception of one about an orphan boy in the Carolinas. They mostly deal with the impoverished poor white community of Florida and their attempts to survive on land they can never hope to own by their own asceticism, intense work, and ingenuity, especially around the laws that threaten their existence by limiting hunting and fishing seasons and making moonshining illegal.