Brady McMullin, an elderly widow, and young Sarah Botkins, his constant companion, set out to capture a panther that has been terrorizing the community and killing everything in its path. You will come to know the dreaded Devil's Pet, a demon that lurks within the swamp pursuing those who violate his territory. You will want to grab your muzzle-loaded rifle and cartridge belt when you hear an animated Brady tell how he bravely fought the Yankees at the battle of Shiloh, only to surrendered his britches to a mouse a few years later in a dispute over rightful ownership. You will experience the loneliness of a young Sarah, whose mother died giving her birth, yet feel the warmth in her heart as she falls in love with a handsome suitor. You will also meet a varied group consisting of moonshiners, politicians, farmers, timbercutters, preachers, hellraisers, and even a few squirrel-riding leprechauns.