W E Monroe This is a humorous tale revolving around how we define beauty. Set in the hills of western North Carolina in the late 1860's, just after the Civil War. The main characters are Hester Mooney, her daddy, Rooster Mooney; a small town school teacher Nate Cooley and his Aunt Flo. Aunt Flo has a secret shady past. A local disaster cements the relationships of them all.