This modern classic is the inspiration behind the film "Devil's Peak," starring Billy Bob Thornton and Robin Wright. Set in Cashiers, North Carolina. It focuses on Jacob McNeely, whose father runs a methodically organized meth ring. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for his old man for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. He only finds joy when he reunites with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger things than their hardscrabble lives. Resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, Jacob faces a stark choice when a fatal mistake changes everything: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known.
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