Derek's last memory of his mother who had early onset dementia was the sight of her wandering alone over a hill top into the woods while the state police arrested him and his brother. He awoke in a jail cell facing time and serious withdraw from addiction. Time for good behavior and participation in work release gets him out early. With no where else to turn, he moves in with his manipulative Aunt who won't let him forget his past. Derek has only two desires: find his mother at all costs and stay out of prison. He may not be able to do one without the other.
"Before he died, Daddy walked in the house and set his refinery hard hat on the counter. He was pouring ice tea in the kitchen when he heard a commotion in the bathroom. Derek was skimming Mama’s prescriptions and knocked the bottles in the sink. When Rono got home, Derek was in the yard pinned between Daddy’s knee and the front tire of the rusted Silverado. His big hand rose up and down on Derek’s face like the pump of an oil well. With Rono still hanging on his arm, Daddy asked where Mama was. He shrugged Rono off like a jacket and set out looking for her, both boys straggling behind him. They found her at the base of big oak. She was watching the water trickling through a stream and singing broken bits of a Loretta Lynn song. Daddy’s eyes were red and wet when she took his hand and then stepped into his arms, lost. After the paramedic had finished with Mama, Daddy looked Derek and Rono. “Get your clothes and whatever you can carry and don’t come back.” He gave them $200, walked inside and shut off the porch light."