On the eve of the Civil War, Melanie’s love life sucks, what with her plantation-owning husband away to militia trainings and state’s rights conferences. The house servants are swooning over Big Jim, a black field hand who’s big in every sense. Soon, Melanie’s cornfield trysts are filling her needs—until the Master of Oglethorpe confronts the randy 19-year-old. She confesses, but causes more trouble. “Really, Beau, this ownin’ of other human beings is so…so distasteful. Why not pay them a paltry wage and rent them their hovels?” Outrage! Nearly as outrageous as the hot and humorous ending!