After a U-boat bombs the coast of Georgia, a mystery unfolds, strengthening the ties between a hobo and a small town girl.
As the best shot in Screven County, Delores Meloney could be a soldier, except for the fact she’s a girl. The Lady Billings reminds her of that. Lady Billings is the town matriarch. She determined to make Delores a lady and encourages her to order real silk stockings from the Sears catalog. Lady Billings believes FDR wants all Southern Ladies to have them, he just needs other women to give them up to make parachutes for the war. When Delores goes to the station to pick up her package, Mr. Paggleman, the train engineer, finds a hobo in his refrigerator car and kicks him off. The hobo runs away but later startles Delores on her path home. He frightens her at first; however, overtime the ties between them strengthen as small-town secrets and the mysteries behind a U-boat bombing off the coast of St. Simons Island unfold.