After being abandoned as a young girl by her abused mother, Rose Mae Lolley is raised by her hard-drinking father who teaches her to be an expert shot and turns his fists on her as a replacement for her mother. As years pass by, Rose Mae has given up hope that her mother will return to their Alabama home, but she has held on to her mother’s Catholic practice of invoking the intercession of saints in times of need. Teenager Rose Mae is a beauty --- and a handful. She wants to escape the cycle of violence and shame, but she has nowhere to go.
The day after Rose Mae turns 18, she finds her courage. She packs her bags, empties her daddy’s wallet, steals his whiskey money, and takes her Pawpy’s pistol. She hops on a Greyhound bus and works her way west as a waitress.
While working at a restaurant in Texa