It's the early 1900s, when Jeremy's mother is dying from cancer. As she spits up blood, and calls out to her husband, "Caleb, Caleb where are you"" - Jeremy searches for his father and can see the glow of a cigarette from the workshop. By the light of the moon, he can see that his father is talking to a woman. His mother is dying, what is his father doing? Walthere and his band of gypsies set up camp on Caleb's land by the creek. Walthere helps Caleb with the blacksmithing and his wife, Rosalie, helps the dying Mathilda. The town of Taylorsburg does not take kindly to the gypsies. Rumors abound that they steal whatever they can find. Affairs and adultry among unlikely neighbors bring murder to the creek and to the town.