Shepherdsville, East Texas, is a town defined—architecturally,
financially, and socially—by its state penitentiaries, among them the bleak
Hope Prison Farm. It’s a town where virtually every inhabitant is either an
inmate or a prison employee, a town where crime literally pays.
Shepherdsville’s two most famous citizens are Sonny
Hope, its larger-than-life prison director, and Hadrian Coleman, its most
notorious convict. Their friendship since boyhood has followed a pattern of
mutual dependence, keeping them at once in collusion and on opposite sides of
the law. At age fifteen, introspective and emotionally vulnerable, Hadrian
killed a man and was sentenced to fifty years at Hope Farm. However, twenty
years later, he achieves the unthinkable and escapes from the prison.
After years of life on the run, he’s summoned back
to Shepherdsville to receive a full governor’s pardon secured by Sonny, who now
runs the prison and, by extension, the town. Hadrian knows Sonny’s motives are
not entirely clean, that this is a favor that will require something in return.
When the nature of that payment is finally made clear, he must determine who
really owes what to whom and whether carrying out Sonny’s demand will result in
a lifetime spent in his power.
As Hadrian vacillates between loyalty to his friend
and the struggle to do right, he is pulled toward a final showdown with Sonny, a
crisis that will not only change the lives of the two men but also finally free
Hadrian from Shepherdsville and from his past. Download and start listening now!