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The story starts off with the Sheriff of Julie County answering a knock on the door He finds out from his deputy that a lynch mob is forming in Flowery Branch A young white woman Katy Barlow is accusing a young Black boy Sonny Clack of rape Sonny Clark is afraid for his life and does not know what to do After the accusation many of Sonnys neighbors in the Black section of Flowery Branch are afraid to talk to him because they are worried that they will be killed right along with him Sheriff McCurtain however does not really care where Sonny Clack lives or dies But he is concerned about the fate of another Black man Sam Brinson When several members of the lynch mob raid the jail looking for Sonny Clark and take Brinson captive instead Sheriff McCurtain goes looking for Sam Many of these peoples share one thing in common they all are afraid of losing something For example the Sheriff was scared that if he got involved in the case he would not be elected for Sheriff next year Without his elected post he has no way to support him and his wife So when something happens he packs his stuff and heads out of town to a fishing hole even though he hates fishing But he could not this time because is friend was kidnapped by the lynch mob Two days late Sonny Clark runs into Harvey Glenn in the woods while hiding Sonny tells Harvey everything that happened the night he ran into Katy He said that when he was walking Miss Katy runs out of the bushes and grabs him and would not let him go He tried to get away but she would not let him go Then comes along Mrs Narcissa She jumps out of her car and grab Sonny and says that he was trying to rape Miss Katy Harvey believes
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