A complex portrait of a small town in Louisiana in 1943, as seen in the twelve hours before a black teenager's execution for the alleged rape of a white woman. 1943: Eighteen year old Willie Jones sits in his cell in New Iberia awaiting his execution for the alleged rape of a white woman. Across the state, a truck driven by a convict and his keeper carries the traveling executioner's chair closer. On a nearby highway, Willie's father Frank lugs a gravestone on the back of his fading, old mule. In his office the DA who prosecuted Willie reckons with his sentencing, while at their gas station at the crossroads outside of town, married couple Ora and Dale grapple with their grief and their secrets. -- adapted from jacket.