Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party", cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. A woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community.
In these 10 stories, Nickolas Butler demonstrates his talent for portraying "a place and its people with such love that you'll find yourself falling for them, too," evoking an American landscape that will be instantly recognizable to listeners enchanted by his debut, Shotgun Lovesongs.