The town of Yazoo City, Mississippi, is agog over the annual Fourth of July Miss Firecracker Contest, and no one is more obsessed with winning this honor than Carnelle Scott (Holly Hunter). But Carnelle has more than a few obstacles to overcome if she is to win the title. Adding to the
hubbub are the simultaneous arrivals of her cousins, Elain Rutledge (Mary Steenburgen) and Delmount Williams (Tim Robbins). A former contest winner, Elain has always been Carnelle's idol. Delmount, a poetic wildman, has had a less easy time of it: a recent stay at an insane asylum and a stint as a
highway maintenance worker have not tamed his manic exuberance. But Carnelle pursues he...