1914. While American women are demanding the vote and the first flames of the Great War are igniting Europe, a battle of a different sort rages in Oklahoma. The thermometer registers one hundred six degrees, an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence, even for the twenty-eighth day of July. But this is no ordinary day. The jury has reached a verdict.
Lily fidgets in the old church pew. She's lost enough, given more than her share. Hasn't she? The answer rests in the hands of twelve men. Not a single woman sits among the jurors.
Lily eyes the judge And the courtroom holds its breath.