Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase.

In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood.

China, 1957. Chairman Mao has declared a new openness in society: “Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.”

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

After his graduation from college, Thomas Ollenburger is filled with big dreams and many questions. What will he do for a career? Should he marry? Where will he call home?

The attack and aftermath as tornadoes hit Pilger, Staton, Wakefield and Wiser, Ne.