When Charles and Ella Resenger escape the confines of their rural mountain homes, they feel that life has finally changed for the better. Following a difficult pregnancy, they return to the mountain and leave their new daughter, Stella, at the farm in Tennessee in the care of Mommie, Charles's bitter mother. Tragedy falls and Stella is forced to become a part of her father's new family in North Carolina. Quickly falling into situations that are considered an abomination to all, Charles is set into a rage that will last to his grave. His anger endures long after he takes control of the love Stella's sins create.