Just what are the secrets of Clayton County?
Have you ever bartered products or services? What do your own roots tell you about someone who exchanges Indian pottery for their accountant’s tax services – or perhaps farm-grown products for medical services?
Would you consider these activities bartering; do you feel they should be taxed?
According to the IRS, these are taxable transactions – and in the 1980’s were quite commonly bartered. The concern by the IRS over the potential loss of tax revenue stimulates the assignment for IRS examiner Sarah Hunter. Her mission clear, Sarah descends upon a small river town in Iowa, like a fox in a hen house, to investigate. At first, her mission is clear; secure the government’s money. However, as she finds herself connecting with the heart of the community, the question looms larger with each passing day, “Is the big government machine right?”
Sarah’s quest expands to the culmination of believing there is no malice against the government intended… large hearts and sharing and caring have simply become a cultural response to survival.
As the lovely Sarah Hunter pursues the truth, she must deal with the man she left waiting in Chicago.
Then there are the men in Clayton…
- The one who saves her life…
- Another who stokes her passion…
- And a third who gives her a precious gift, meant for another woman.
Also among the secrets lie the answers to how her myriad experiences effect Sarah’s work, and her decisions, as she discovers secrets within the community which even many of its residents do not know… only one man, hidden in the shadows, holds the clue.
How will the revelations of so many secrets influence Sarah’s decisions and their impact the man she has come to love, and her ability to keep yet another secret he shares with her? Will the secrets Sarah discovers in Clayton County be used by the government to destroy his friends and the community of his roots?