A novel of the American South. The Ogeechee River runs through cypress swamps to reach Savannah s Low Country. Its waters are deep and black and haunted. In this semi-tropical world, oleander, magnolias, and azaleas sweeten the heavy air. Copperheads and cottonmouths, papermills and trailer parks disrupt the innocence of Tessie Harnish, and her best friend, Annie Osaha. The girls, one white and one black, share Geechee blood and their secrets.