In Hickman’s third installment of the Millwood Hollow series, Jeb Nubey returns as the minister of a small congregation in Nazareth, Arkansas, during the Great Depression. As the single parent of three adopted children, Jeb is not very happy to discover an unexpected basket on his porch containing an abandoned black child. After having no luck with finding the infant’s relatives, the minister succumbs to the responsibility of caring for the baby. However, his parishioners are not pleased with this charitable act, as racial tensions in the town arise over the situation. The story contains acts of racial destruction, rape and murder. Jeb is perplexed yet determined to find a solution and bring peace to his community. This tale highlights the importance of family, loyalty, and unity. Through these strong bonds Jeb is able to resolve this dilemma.
In this heartwarming story, Hickman develops a cast of amiable, supportive characters, which include Jeb’s love interest, the sweet schoolteacher, Fern. There is a religious thread throughout the novel that feels much heavier in the later sections.