The story opens with a mystery: why did Sportcoat, a cranky, forever drunk, deacon of the local Five Ends Baptist Church, shoot the local drug dealer at point-blank range? Deems, the dealer, survives, and McBride takes us on a journey through the relationships and secrets of the Cause housing project and its neighbors in South Brooklyn in 1969. Unforgettable characters and story, informed by McBride’s hope and faith in humanity.