Joshua and Christophe are twins, raised by a blind grandmother and a large extended family in a rural town on Mississippiâ€™s Gulf Coast. Theyâ€™ve just finished high school and need to find jobs, but in a failing post-Katrina economy, itâ€™s not easy. Joshua gets work on the docks, but Christopheâ€™s not so lucky. Desperate to alleviate the familyâ€™s poverty, he starts to sell drugs. He can hide it from his grandmother but not his twin, and the two grow increasingly estranged. Christopheâ€™s downward spiral is accelerated first by crack, then by the reappearance of the twinsâ€™ parents: Cille, who abandoned them, and Sandman, a creepy, predatory addict. Sandman taunts Christophe, eventually provoking a shocking confrontation that will ultimately damn or save both twins. Ward inhabits these characters, and this world Â— black Creole, poor, and drug-riddled, yet shored by family and communityÂ— to a rare degree, without a trace of irony or distance.