A young boy, Dwight Martin, growing up in the 1960s spends the summer at his grandparents farm in North Carolina. He takes comfort in the wild yarns spun by his grandfather, who boasts that the stories are true and makes Dwight pay him to hear each successive chapter. As Dwight grows to manhood, he discounts the tall tales, but when his grandfather dies, he learns that most of the stories were true--and he finds out what the old man did with all of the nickels and dimes Dwight had paid him. Inspired in part by the raucous ...