Based largely on Ruth White's own childhood, Sweet Creek Holler tells the bittersweet story of Ginny Shortt, from the time she is 6 years old until she is 12. After her father is murdered, she and her mother and sister move to Sweet Creek Holler, where Ginny becomes fast friends with kind and beautiful Lou Jean Purvis. As years pass, Ginny and Lou Jean's days of playing barefoot in the fields and picking blackberries yield to painful experiences of growing up. Like many of Ruth White's other novels, Sweet Creek Holler paints a vivid portrait of small town Appalachia in the 1950s. Through her carefully drawn characters, she deals frankly with both the magic and the complexities of childhood.