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In 1969 a child named Cedar is born in a ramshackle farmhouse in Chatham,
County, North Carolina. Outside her father Sol dances around a fire and blows
pot smoke into the faces of his eager guests gathered to celebrate the birth of
his first child.
Looking back on her life, Cedar tells the story of her parents’ relationship, it’s demise, and hitting the road with her mother Sara in a beat up VW van.
At the root of every decision Sara makes is the loss of her beloved brother in
Vietnam the year before Cedar was born.
Returning to the farmhouse in Chatham County with a new lover in tow, Sara and
Cedar embark on life in a commune. But lust and jealousy prevail, as they so
often did during those idyllic times.