A family saga set in a small southern town that is sure to take you on an historical adventure of unrequited love, mayhem, and murder…
You are introduced to one of the biggest colored bootleggers in Mississippi, Buford Tee Jefferson, known for selling the best whiskey in Jones County. Buford Tee learns his craft from his grandfather, August Jefferson, who takes him in as a child and raises him after the murder of his mother.
You meet the rest of Buford Tee’s family and follow him on his journey to become the most revered colored bootlegger in Mississippi. You also meet his love interest, Miss Carmelia Faye Lafayette, who gives as good as she gets. She is by no means a pushover, and the two of them run two of the most successful jute joints in Jones and Wayne Counties.
Buford Tee’s rival, Morris York, is the wealthiest white bootlegger in Wayne County, Mississippi. He hates Buford Tee for drawing away his customers that favor Buford Tee’s top-notch whiskey to York’s watered-down hooch. York’s resentment is also fueled by his recollections of his stepfather’s infidelity with Buford Tee’s mother, a union which resulted in the birth of Buford Tee. York believes his mother, who dies shortly after discovering the affair, died of a broken heart, and he sets out to destroy Buford Tee, although others close to him suffer his wrath.
A neighbor’s mistaken identify sets in motion chaos that leads to the deaths of a white, love-struck teenage girl and a colored church boy. They are caught in the middle of a battle between their families, vying for control of the lucrative moonshine business, the results of which bring devastation to the small southern town.