Po štiridesetih letih se country glasbenik E. F. Bloodworth vrne domov k svoji ženi in trem jeznim sinovom, ki jih je zapustil in se podal na nomadsko potovanje po odrih. Družina ga ne sprejme odprtih rok, saj so vsi polni jeze do odsotnega očeta. Edini, ki mu je v uteho, je njegov vnuk Fleming, za katerega do vrnitve sploh ni vedel. Ko Fleming spozna žensko svojih sanj Raven, mu grozi, da se bo tudi pri njem ponovila Bloodworthova zgodovina.
E.F. Bloodworth has returned to his home - a forgotten corner of Tennessee - after forty years of roaming. The wife he walked out on has withered and faded, his three sons are grown and angry. Warren is a womanizing alcoholic, Boyd is driven by jealousy to hunt down his wife and her lover, and Brady puts hexes on his enemies from his mamma's porch. Only Fleming, the old man's grandson, treats him with the respect his age commands, and sees past all the hatred to realize the way it can poison a man's soul. It is ultimately the love of Raven Lee, a sloe-eyed beauty from another town, that gives Fleming the courage to reject this family curse.