Now that the Korean War is over, Dr. David Cabot is one of many doctors drafted by the army who are ready to head home. Unfortunately, due to a freak communication error, Dr. Cabot is now in route to a hillbilly medical practice in Boston Knob, West Virginia, instead of Boston, Massachusetts, where he was looking forward to running a lucrative big-city practice.
His acrimony about his unplanned new home is diminished somewhat when he is met at the Bluefield airport by a gorgeous redheaded nurse who immediately captures his interest. As Jenny Stone guides Dr. Cabot through the dichotomous poverty and wealth that surrounds the West Virginia coal culture, he quickly falls for her while attempting to embrace his new practice and the isolated people enslaved by the mountains and absentee coal magnets. But little does he know that his backward journey will soon take him to jail as a moonshiner, and eventually into an old-fashioned church revival, the bowels of a mine disaster, and a murder mystery like no other.
In this historical tale, an army doctor drafted in the Korean War inadvertently heads toward a new solo practice in West Virginia where he falls for a beautiful hillbilly and becomes immersed in a battle for coalminers.