Director Susanna Styron, daughter of Pulitzer prize-winning novelist William Styron, has lovingly adapted one of her father's reminiscences of his childhood, spent in the Tidewater region of Virginia, into perfectly serviceable family entertainment. On a blazingly
hot summer afternoon in 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, 10-year-old Paul Whitehurst (Scott Terra) and best friend Little Mole Dabney (Daniel Treat) come face-to-face with a living ghost from an even more painful past. A 99-year-old African-American man named Shadrach (John Franklin
Sawyer) appears at the Dabneys' shabby front gate, claiming to have been a slave on the Dabney family's tobacco p...